(WINDSOR, ON) – The Waterloo Warriors burst from the gate against the No.5 nationally ranked Windsor Lancers, last night at St Denis Fieldhouse, but the wheels soon fell off the cart as the home team chalked up a 105-54 win.
With a back-and-forth 1st quarter, where both teams paid little attention to defence, the Lancers needed a buzzer beating trey by Alex Campbell to etch out a 24-22 lead. And while little regard was given to their own zone, Windsor was a disciplined team, sending the visitors to the penalty strip just once, for a single throw, which was missed.
The Lancers opened the 2nd quarter with an 8-point run. They continued to build on their lead until they had added 33 points to Waterloo’s 12, for a 57-34 half-time score.
Windsor settled down in the 3rd, putting up 18 points while the Warriors could only respond with 11. Then it got ugly.
With forward Brad Parker hitting on 4-of-5 from downtown, including two in a row mid-way through the 4th, head coach Chris Oliver unleashed the rookies who went to town. Not content to just see some time on the hardwood, the core of next year’s team feasted on the remains of the Warriors as all but one player scored multiple points.
Parker earned himself a double-double by game’s end, dropping 17 team-high points and pulling down 11 boards, for his best game of the season.
Windsor also received a double-double from the ever dependable Rotimi Osuntola Jr, who shot 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Tyler Persaud also secured 11 boards for the Lancers and Campbell registered 16 points in the win. Khalid Abdel-Gabar (13), Evan Matthews (11), and Marko Kovac (10) also scored in the double digits.
After the game, the Lancers paid tribute to Matthews and Abdel-Gabar, both graduating seniors, with presentations and some gracious words from Oliver.
The Lancers (14-5) will now head to Kitchener for their final game of the regular season, on Saturday, to meet the Laurier Golden Hawks (7-12). Windsor sits atop the OUA West 2 games in front of Western and riding a 5-game winning streak.