By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – In what could be seen as a tune-up game for the following night, the Windsor Lancers handily defeated Brock by a score of 91-68, at St Denis Fieldhouse. The win left Windsor with a 5-1 record for the year, with one game remaining before the Christmas break.
The game was already 4 minutes old before Windsor were able to wrestle the lead from the fast-moving Badgers. The lead would change four more times before the end of the quarter saw the Lancers with 5-point lead, 23-18. Windsor wouldn’t surrender the lead for the remainder of the half, going to the dressing rooms with a 44-29 advantage.
Windsor led by as much as 29 points with 2 minutes left to play in the 3rd, and the team was able to put it on cruise control in the final frame for the victory.
Head coach Chris Oliver took advantage of the lopsided play and the bench was able to see 88 minutes of floor time. The players responded to the opportunity an put up 36 points, including 16 from Rotimi Osuntola Jr.
Mitch Farrell had a team-high 18 points in just 20 minutes of play, while Alex Campbell put up 13 points and 7 rebounds for the Blue and Gold.
Fifth year starter Evan Mathews had 9 points and 8 boards in limited time on the hardwood. He also contributed two monster blocks in the paint.
The reason for saving the starters was the Saturday match-up with the McMaster Marauders, the Number 4 ranked team in the CIS.
The Lancers’ only loss on the season had come at the hands of Number 3 Ryerson, just a week ago. The defeat hurt Windsor in the rankings as they dropped from 4th to 5th. With the new rankings yet released, it is hard to say if the 84-72 loss to McMaster will be as detrimental.
In what could be termed as, “The one that got away,” a multitude of unforced errors were the undoing of the Lancers.
Fourth-year Detroit native Brad Parkers listed the areas where Windsor left points on the table; free throws, layups, loose balls, 2nd chance points, defensive rebounds, and communication in transition. The free throws especially hurt Windsor, hitting on just 50% on the game.
Windsor let the game slip away by not executing as they are accustomed to. On any given evening, the Lancers could have come away with two points against McMaster, but there were too many areas to overcome.
A bright spot was Osuntola’s double-double game-high 28 points and 17 boards. He also threw in 3 blocks for good measure. All the starters saw more than 20 minutes each and Osuntola was worked for 36.
Matthews also registered a double-double putting up 10 points and 14 rebounds. And Farrell contributed 17 points from the guard position.
Windsor will host OUA West Division rival Western on January 7, but will stay in game-shape, during the break, on a three-game tour of Michigan and Ohio.