Win Over Queen’s Gives Lancers Sole Lead In OUA West

Shalapata-Header(WINDSOR, ON) – After being sidelined since early last season, Mitch Farrell made his return to the Windsor Lancers lineup against the Queen’s Gaels Saturday night and led them to a nail-biting 78-77 victory. The win was Windsor’s second straight and gives them a 1 1/2 game lead over Laurier in the OUA West, after beating York on Friday, 83-78.

Making his return to the Lancers lineup, Mitch Farrell scored a team-high 25 points to help edge Queen's 78-77 on 7 January 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Making his return to the Lancers lineup, Mitch Farrell scored a team-high 25 points to help edge Queen’s 78-77 on 7 January 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Working with a short bench, head coach Chris Oliver relied heavily on his starting five. Windsor’s shooting lagged behind Queen’s, but defensively the Lancers restricted the number of chances for the Gaels and rode the effort home.

Windsor held a 2-point margin after the opening quarter but rallied to double up Queen’s 30-15 in the second 10 minutes. The Gaels out-scored Windsor by 16 points over the two remaining quarters, but came up just shy of the win, despite leading by 5 with 5 minutes on the clock.

Lancers head coach Chris Oliver goes over some late game strategy during the Windsor game against Queen's on 7 January 2017. The home side prevailed 78-77 over the Gaels during OUA basketball action.<br>Photo by John Skinner.

Lancers head coach Chris Oliver goes over some late game strategy during the Windsor game against Queen’s on 7 January 2017. The home side prevailed 78-77 over the Gaels during OUA basketball action.
Photo by John Skinner.

Farrell had a team-high 25 points for Windsor in 33 minutes on the hardwood. Veteran guard Mike Rocca dropped 17 for the Lancers and fell short of a double-double with 7 helpers. Starter Luke Allin contributed 10 points while Lucas Orlita picked up 13 off the bench for the Blue and Gold.

Windsor will host the 2-and-8 Western Mustangs Saturday night at 8:00pm.

Micqueel Martin (5) drives past a Queen's defender during OUA play at St Denis Centre on 7 January 2017. Martin contributed 9 points and 5 assists in a 78-77 victory over the Gaels.<br>Photo by John Skinner.

Micqueel Martin (5) drives past a Queen’s defender during OUA play at St Denis Centre on 7 January 2017. Martin contributed 9 points and 5 assists in a 78-77 victory over the Gaels.
Photo by John Skinner.

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