(WINDSOR, ON) – The Lancers solidified their position atop the OUA West with a pair of wins on the road in Sault Ste Marie. The Algoma Thunderbirds were on the losing end of both scores as Windsor rolled to a 103-66 win on Friday followed by a 98-60 victory on Saturday.
With the opening minute of sloppy play by both sides, it wasn’t until 9:09 that Mike Rocca opened the scoring with a trey. The teams traded baskets until Algoma took a 1-point lead at 7:19. Windsor then responded with a Rotimi Osuntola Jr jumper, and they never looked back.
The Lancers jumped into a 33-14 lead at the end of 10 minutes, and added 26 more on the way to a 1st half 59-33 lead. The Thunderbirds kept pace with the Blue and Gold in the 3rd, falling back by just 1 point, but Windsor doubled up on Algoma in the final frame 20-10, to win walking away.
Osuntola was the leader for Windsor at both ends of the court. His game-high 25 points led all shooters and he had 7 defensive rebounds on the way to another double-double with 10 boards.
Rocca dropped 18 points in the winning effort and was followed by Evan Matthews and Khalid Abdel-Gabar with 14 and 13 points respectively. Tyler Persaud rounded out the list of those scoring in double digits.
There was no love lost between the two sides during the rematch on St Valentine’s Day. Algoma managed to keep up to Windsor and trailed by just 1 point at the end of the 1st quarter, 17-16. Then the wheels fell of the Thunderbirds wagon as the Lancers ran up 27 points in the 2nd quarter and led 44-32 at the mid-way whistle.
There was a few shades of grey as Windsor continued the domination of Algoma in the 2nd half. The Blue and Gold dropped 31 points in the 3rd quarter and pushed the mythical birds further down into the hole 75-45. Windsor then capped off the win by scoring 23-15 in the 4th.
The Lancers were led by an unlikely duo in the form of Marko Kovac and Brad Parker, who had a game-high 18 points each; both coming off the bench. Remarkably, Parker made his points in just 12 minutes of play.
Alex Campbell added 16 points for Windsor and was followed by Osuntola (13) and Abdel-Gabar (10).
The Lancers now lead Western by 4 points in the OUA West with 2 games remaining. Windsor now returns home for a game against Waterloo on Seniors Night, February 18. Tip-off is at 8:00 pm.