Room For Improvement As Lancers Lose To Bucs

Shalapata-Header(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Lancers men’s basketball program kicked off the NCAA/OUA Tip-off Classic series by hosting the Charleston Southern Buccaneers Sunday at the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse. The DII Bucs kept the Lancers at bay through the 1st half and held on for an 89-81 victory.

Windsor was still shaking off the cobwebs as Charleston moved to a 27-14 1st quarter margin. By the end of the half, the visitors were in a commanding 48-30 lead. The Lancers shooters managed just 23.1% from the field in the first 20 minutes compared to the hot Buccaneers who dropped 19 of 34.

Javis Howard (23) lays up against the Windsor Lancers in the 2016 NCAA/OUA Tip-off Classic. Howard dropped 19 points in the 89-81 win for the Buccaneers.Photo by John Skinner.

Javis Howard (23) lays up against the Windsor Lancers in the 2016 NCAA/OUA Tip-off Classic. Howard dropped 19 points in the 89-81 win for the Buccaneers.
Photo by John Skinner.

The rust on the Lancers was evident as they trailed by as much as 21 in the 2nd quarter.

“We got punched in the face in the 1st half, in terms of how aggressive they were in transition and pushing the ball,” said Lancers head coach Chris Oliver.

Windsor coach Chris Oliver goes over game strategy during a time out at the NCAA Tip-Off Classic game between Windsor Lancers and Charleston Southern at St Denis Fieldhouse in Windsor, Ontario, on 7 August 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor coach Chris Oliver goes over game strategy during a time out at the NCAA Tip-Off Classic game between Windsor Lancers and Charleston Southern at St Denis Fieldhouse in Windsor, Ontario, on 7 August 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Oliver, returning from sabbatical, refocused his charges during the break and they responded with 50% shooting. The Lancers got back in the hunt as they shot 21-22 in the 3rd quarter, and then racked up a 30-19 margin over Charleston in the final frame.

Chritian Keeling was the top producer for the Bucs with 24 points, and he was assisted by Javis Howard with 19, and Armel Potter who drained 13.

Guard Isiah Osborne (13) pushes past Chritian Keeling (11) during the NCAA Tip-Off Classic game between Windsor Lancers and Charleston Southern at St Denis Fieldhouse in Windsor, Ontario, on 7 August 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Guard Isiah Osborne (13) pushes past Chritian Keeling (11) during the NCAA Tip-Off Classic game between Windsor Lancers and Charleston Southern at St Denis Fieldhouse in Windsor, Ontario, on 7 August 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

“We have a lot of new guys who got their first taste of basketball at this level, too,” Oliver said. “So, I was happy in the 2nd half that we settled down and played better basketball. We were turning down open shots because we were worried about the speed of their close-outs, and it’s like, just get blocked. And in the 2nd half you could see that.”

The Lancers have just five members from last season returning for 2016-17, and a sixth, Mitch Farrell, is still two months away as he rehabs an upper body injury that kept him out most of last year.

Guard Armel Potter (1) during the NCAA Tip-Off Classic game  between Windsor Lancers and Charleston Southern at St Denis Fieldhouse in Windsor, Ontario, on 7 August 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Guard Armel Potter (1) during the NCAA Tip-Off Classic game between Windsor Lancers and Charleston Southern at St Denis Fieldhouse in Windsor, Ontario, on 7 August 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

As expected, Windsor was led by Kennedy grad Isiah Osborne, who put up 35 points in the losing effort. The 6’ 5” guard was 10 for 20 from the floor including connecting 60% from downtown.

Veteran Mike Rocca scored a double-double as he hit for 20 points and pulled down 11 boards. Rocca also dished off 6 assists, most of which came in the 1st half.

“I never want Mike to be a play maker,” said Oliver. “I want him to shoot it.”

Isiah Osborne drives the lane en route to a game high 35 points against Charleston Southern on 7 August 2016.Photo by John Skinner.

Isiah Osborne drives the lane en route to a game high 35 points against Charleston Southern on 7 August 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

The Lancers will build on the experience gained against Charleston as the Tip-off Classic now turns toward Drury University on August 13 as the Panthers visit Windsor at 4:00pm.

“We take away the fact that we’ve got so much to work on and so much to improve on. We’re quite unpolished at the point,” Oliver explained. “Part of playing for me is that [the players] have to respond with effort and they gotta be determined to change what happens to them.”

Cortez Mitchell makes sure the ball goes through for 2 during the NCAA/OUA Tip-off Classic against the Windsor Lancers.Photo by John Skinner.

Cortez Mitchell makes sure the ball goes through for 2 during the NCAA/OUA Tip-off Classic against the Windsor Lancers.
Photo by John Skinner.

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1 Comment on "Room For Improvement As Lancers Lose To Bucs"

  1. Mitch Robson | 12 August 2016 at 10:56 |

    The Bucs aren’t D2. They play in the Big South conference which is a low major Division 1 athletic assocation.

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