By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – After defeating the University of the Fraser Valley in a defensive battle last Thursday night, the Windsor Lancers completed a quick change around for a Friday afternoon game in their first match-up of the UBC Invitational Tournament. The Lancers met up with the Thompson River Wolfpack for their second win of the western road trip, 91-61.
It was all Lancers from the opening tip. Rotimi Osuntola lead the way with 18 points and eight rebounds. Mike Rocca also stepped up with 10 points, dishing off six, and making four steals as a starter. As well, Windsor got strong performances from Khalid Abdel-Gabar and Alex Campbell (17 points each) and Mitch Farrell with 13 off the bench.
The Lancers were a force on defence, forcing 28 turnovers and dropping 38 points as a result. The team pulled down 26 defensive rebounds and 41 in total.
On Saturday, the Blue and Gold tipped off against the host Thunderbirds and held on for a hard fought 90-87 win.
In front of 211 fans at the War Memorial Gymnasium in Vancouver, Osuntola again set the pace for Windsor as he threw up 24 points on 58% shooting and chipped in 10 boards. Four other Lancers scored in the double digits including Campbell and Rocca with 13 and 12 points respectively. Campbell also lead the way by bringing down 11 rebounds, nine of them defensive.
The difference in the game was the defensive play by Windsor. The visitors forced the Thunderbirds to turnover the ball and capitalized by an 18-5 margin. Head coach Chris Oliver also had the advantage of 25 points substitute points from a shortened, 8-man bench.
Windsor will now return home, but they won’t be idle. Tomorrow, the Lances will host NCAA D3 Wittenberg University from Springfield, OH. The two teams will meet in an afternoon game at Academie St Cecile with the tipoff at 1:15 pm. Prior to game play, the Lancers will be speaking to the student body about tolerance, unity, and being part of a team.