By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – The 7th ranked Windsor Lancers made a game of it, but held on to win by six, 81-75 against McMaster. The win over the 5th ranked Marauders closes the gap to just four points between the two teams in the OUA west with Windsor holding one game in hand.
“McMaster is a top five team in the country, and justifiably so, as they balance an inside-outside game with a deep and talented roster,” said head coach Chris Oliver. “That’s why Saturday was an important win for us as we had not yet beaten a ranked team.“
Windsor ran the ball to a quick lead over McMaster, and led the visitors by six after the first quarter, but let the Marauders back into the game as they finished the half tied at 36. The team settled down in the second half and took control of the game to comfortably hold onto the lead to the end.
Forward Lien Phillip continued with his double-double ways scoring 20 points and puling down 17 boards, including 7 offensive, in just 35 minutes of play.
Enrico Diorite led all scorers with 26 points, continually taking a beating as he drove to the basket on numerous plays. The shooting guard picked up eight points on penalties.
Windsor established a 14–point lead in the second half, but McMaster wouldn’t go away.
“Our whole team defended with effort and execution,” said Oliver. “McMaster made some big plays down the stretch to make the game far too interesting., but the difference for us since November has been our defence and we showed that in stretches of the second half.”
Windsor will now host Western, on Tuesday, in a make-up game from last week’s snow out before a two game road trip to Waterloo on Wednesday and a Saturday game against Brock in St Catharines.