Lancers Skewer Warriors

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Brad Parker (14) didn’t let the Waterloo Warriors stand in his way en route to a game-high 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Lancers doubled up on Waterloo by a 105-54 margin.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(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.

Lancers men's basketball Osuntola

The Lancers received 16 points from forward Alex Campbell. His three-pointer beat the 1st quarter buzzer to lift Windsor into the lead, 24-22, which they would not relinquish.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

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Tyler Persaud was flying high for Windsor as he grabbed 11 rebounds, including three offensive, and is seen here laying up two of his five points on the night.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

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Seniors Evan Matthews (7) and Khalid Abdel-Gabar were presented with framed gifts for their dedicated play with the Windsor Lancers.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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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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