Lancers Hang On Against Blues

Mike Rocca and the Windsor Lancers drove past the Toronto Varsity Blues at St Denis Fieldhouse, disposing of the visitors 89-88, Saturday afternoon.Photo by John Skinner.

Mike Rocca and the Windsor Lancers drove past the Toronto Varsity Blues at St Denis Fieldhouse, disposing of the visitors 89-88, Saturday afternoon.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – In a nail-biter on Saturday afternoon, the Windsor Lancers narrowly edged the Toronto Varsity Blues to extend their record to 4-1 on the season. The Lancers out-lasted the Blues 89-88 in front of 1,659 fans at St Denis Fieldhouse.

Windsor had a commanding 10-point lead after the 1st quarter, 26-16, but Toronto clawed back three points and trailed the Lancers by 7 at the half, 50-43. The visitors took over in the 3rd by starting the quarter with a 17-10 run and finishing up by 3 heading into the final frame.

With 7 seconds remaining to play, Alex Campbell lifted Windsor into the lead by one, and then contributed a block to preserve the victory for the Lancers.

Campbell led the Lancers with a team high 26 points, as well as 5 rebounds and 6 assists.

A marked man. Isiah Osborne watches a Toronto player, giving him few options at scoring.Photo by John Skinner.

A marked man. Isiah Osborne watches a Toronto player, giving him few options at scoring.
Photo by John Skinner.

Marko Kovac had another big game for Windsor as he drained 16 points in 22 minutes on the hardwood. Rookie Isiah Osborne (14) and veteran Mike Rocca (13) also shot in the double digits for the home side.

The Blue and Gold are tied for 1st place in the OUA West with Laurier.

Windsor will now embark on an always tough road trip to the nation’s capitol. Windsor will wrap up the 2015 portion of the schedule when they take on No. 1 ranked Ottawa Gee Gees on Friday followed by No. 2 Carlton on Saturday.

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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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