Lancers Bound For Final Four

Belle River's 6' 8" Evan Matthews was all alone lifting the ball to the basket against Laurier. The Lancer forward shot 40% in 20 games for Windsor this year. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Belle River’s 6′ 8″ Evan Matthews was all alone lifting the ball to the basket against Laurier. The Lancer forward shot 40% in 20 games for Windsor this year. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – On 48% shooting, the Windsor Lancers men’s basketball team pushed past the Laurier Golden Hawks 91-68 at St Denis on Saturday afternoon. The win moved Windsor into the OUA Final Four tournament starting February 28 in Toronto.

Grenada’s 6’ 8” forward Lien Phillip  led all players, scoring a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Phillip was 11 for 14 from the floor and 5 for 7 from the penalty line despite playing with a bandaged shoulder.

“It’s just pain,” Phillip said with a smile after the game and his shoulder packed in ice. He vowed that the injury would not keep him out of the remainder of the season.

London native Enrico Diloreto dropped 18 points and five rebounds. Diloreto averaged 18.1 points per game during his fifth year of eligibility with Windsor.

Coach Chris Oliver received strong defensive efforts from the bench Saturday afternoon. Brad Parker pulled down eight rebounds while Khalid Abdel-Gabar secured nine.

Windsor now travels to Toronto this coming weekend.

The Final Four is being hosted by Ryerson University with the Lancers taking on Carleton and will be broadcast on Sportsnet One starting at 6:00 pm. The second game will feature Ottawa and McMaster at 8:00 pm with the winners of each match meeting on March 1 for the Wilson Cup at 6:00 pm.

Mike Rocca sizes up his options against the Laurier Golden Hawks in the OUA Quarter Finals. Rocca scored 7 points in 11 minutes off the bench for Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Mike Rocca sizes up his options against the Laurier Golden Hawks in the OUA Quarter Finals. Rocca scored 7 points in 11 minutes off the bench for Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Fifth year shooting guard Enrico Diloreto places the finishing touches on a lay-up at St Denis Fieldhouse. Diloreto is entering his 4th post season for Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Fifth year shooting guard Enrico Diloreto places the finishing touches on a lay-up at St Denis Fieldhouse. Diloreto is entering his 4th post season for Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Lien Phillip is attended to late in the game against Laurier. Afterward the 6' 8" forward vowed the injury wouldn't keep him out of the remaining games for Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Lien Phillip is attended to late in the game against Laurier. Afterward the 6′ 8″ forward vowed the injury wouldn’t keep him out of the remaining games for Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Khalid Abdel-Gabar (L) looks to push by Laurier's James Agyeman. The rookie guard played 18 minutes pulling down 9 boards, dishing 6 assists, and making 3 steals in a strong defensive effort. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Khalid Abdel-Gabar (L) looks to push by Laurier’s James Agyeman. The rookie guard played 18 minutes pulling down 9 boards, dishing 6 assists, and making 3 steals in a strong defensive effort. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The pride of Murray Wright High School in Detroit, Brad Parker, picked up 8 rebounds and 4 points in a supporting role for Windsor. The 6' 6" Parker is in his 3rd year of eligibility for the Lancers and his 1st post season. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The pride of Murray Wright High School in Detroit, Brad Parker, picked up 8 rebounds and 4 points in a supporting role for Windsor. The 6′ 6″ Parker is in his 3rd year of eligibility for the Lancers and his 1st post season. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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