Men Split Games With Country’s Best

Lancers men's basketball Osuntola

Rotimi Osuntola Jr keeps his eye on the prize against Carleton on Friday evening. No. 5 Windsor knocked off the No. 2 Ravens 74-71 in front of 1,200 fans at St Denis Fieldhouse.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Despite splitting the weekend match-ups vs Carleton and Ottawa, Windsor maintained their top position in the OUA West, a half game ahead of Western with a game in hand. Conversely, it was Western’s two losses to the same two squads which helped to keep the Lancers in first place.

At home at St Denis Fieldhouse Friday evening, Windsor extended their win streak to three games with the dismantling of Carleton by a score of 74-71. It was the Lancers’ first win over a ranked opponent this season.

The No. 2 Ravens fell to Windsor in a close run match. The team traded points and leads throughout the contest and were tied with just 2 minutes remaining, 71-71. Only when Phillip Scrubb missed a layup, with 6 second remaining, and a blocked shot by Rotimi Osuntola (the only one for Windsor in the game), could the Lancers celebrate.

Windsor led 19-18 at the end of the 1st quarter, but found themselves down by three, 37-34, at the half. The Lancers clawed back one point in the 3rd, but it wasn’t until Khalid Abdel-Gabar dropped a jumper and Mitch Farrell coolly sunk a penalty did the Lancers have their three-point win.

Lancers men's basketball Farrell

Mitch Farrell had a big weekend as Windsor split their games between the two highest ranked teams in the CIS. Farrell had a combined 36 points and 20 rebounds against Carleton and Ottawa.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Osuntola led the Windsor side with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Abdel-Gabar contributed 18 points for Windsor and Farrell dropped 16 including hitting two late buckets from downtown.

Defensively, Windsor was solid on the back-boards, out rebounding Carleton 50-35, including 18 in the Ravens’ paint.

Farrell and Osuntola each scored a double-double Saturday evening against the No. 1 Ottawa Gee-Gees. Farrell put up 21 points and 12 boards to lead the Lancers in the losing effort. Osuntola was close behind with 19 points and 13 rebounds, but that was essentially it for Windsor.

The Lancers found themselves down by 10 after the 1st quarter. However, they didn’t let the previous night’s emotional success drain them on Saturday and they matched the Gee-Gees with 23 points in a loose 2nd quarter. In the 3rd, Windsor out-scored Ottawa by 5 to set up the 4th quarter showdown.

Five points separated the two sides at the beginning of the final frame. Ottawa struck first to extend their lead to 7 and then a pair of free throws moved them up by 9. Ottawa moved ahead by 11 with 4:46 remaining on the clock and kept the Lancers at bay until the buzzer.

Lancers men's basketball Abdel-Gabbar

Khalid Abdel-Gabar brings the ball up court for Windsor, in the first half against Carleton. Abdel-Gabar scored 18 points and added 5 rebounds and 4 assists vs the Ravens.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor shot a dismal 39.1% from the floor on the game. Additionally, they left points on the table hitting just 7-for-16 at the free throw line. Comparatively, Ottawa was 43.5% shooting and 21-for-25 from the line.

The Lancers will now prepare to meet head coach Chris Oliver’s former squad, the Queen’s Golden Gales (4-8), who arrive in town for a Friday, 8:00 pm tipoff. That match will be followed Saturday, at the same time, as the OUA East’s No. 2 York Lions (7-6) are the opponent.

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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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