Lancers Basketball Upbeat At Mid-Season

Tyra Blizzard (6) looks to the hoop as Kaylee Anagnostopoulos (14) moves up to assist during OUA basketball on 28 October 2017. The Lancers handed Guelph an 87-69 defeat to open the season.Photo by John Skinner.

Tyra Blizzard (6) looks to the hoop as Kaylee Anagnostopoulos (14) moves up to assist during OUA basketball on 28 October 2017. The Lancers handed Guelph an 87-69

(WINDSOR, ON) – In home and home competition over the weekend the Lancer women’s basketball team capped their first half of the season with a pair dominant victories, while the men settled for a split against the Nipissing Lakers and the Laurentian Voyageurs.

The women’s team overcame the Lakers 65-46 Friday evening then crushed the Voyageurs 89-48 Saturday evening. The men’s team barely slipped passed the Lakers 82-80 Friday before falling to the Voyageurs 90-63 in disappointing loss the next night.

The two solid victories move the women Lancers into sole possession of first place in the OUA West division standings with an 8-2 record heading into the holiday break. Lakehead and McMaster slipped to a tie for 2nd place over the weekend, with identical records of 6-4.

Against Nipissing fifth year play making guard Carly Steer led all scorers with 15 points, while Tyra Blizzard followed right behind her with 14 points. Emily Prevost a perennial five post player had the game’s only double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Jordan Gutt topped bench scoring for the Blue & Gold 10 points to secure the win. Alexe Galipeau-Wilson led the visitors with 12 points. The Lancers shot respectable 45.3%  from the field compared to the Lakers 38.5%, and  dominated the board 35-19 in a defense oriented effort.

Steer also led all scorers with 23 points over the Voyageurs, who were paced by Adriane Bruni’s 16 points. In the 2nd contest the Lancers were impressive from 3 point land, shooting 50 per cent from beyond the arch, and once again controlled the glass in rebounding at both ends of the court.

The Lancers will be action at home over the break in a exhibition games later this month,  in two non-conference games against the Laval Rouge et Or on December 28th & 29th at 7:00pm.

Marcus Jones (11) picked up 6 points, 1 rebound, and 5 assists against the Guelph Gryphons on 28 October 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Marcus Jones (11) picked up 6 points, 1 rebound, and 5 assists against the Guelph Gryphons on 28 October 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

For the Lancer men the weekend split sends them into the Christmas break with a 4-6 record,   surprisingly tied with Algoma for third place in the OUA West division.

5th year Lancer guard Mike Rocca (Sarnia, ON) led the balanced Lancer charge over the fiesty Lakers, as one of five blue and gold team mates who tallied double figures, with 20 of his own. Lucas Orlita scored 15 points, Chris Poloniato had 12 points (off the bench), Anthony Zrvnar clicked for 11 points and Damian Persuad finished with 10 points.

The prolific Jaaden Lewis topped all scorers with 30 points for the Lakers in the hotly contested match, while Marvin Ngonadi had 11 points. Ismeal Kaba and Marcus Lewis finished with 10 points each.

Early in the contest against Laurentian on Saturday, the Lancers red hot shooting of 52 per cent field goal percentage allowed them to post 22 points in the first quarter, while holding the Voyageurs to only 13 points.  But although the Lancers looked to be in control early Laurentian wrestled away their momentum in the 2nd quarter with a 21 point outburst of there own, leaving  Lancers with only a  39-34 lead at the half.

At the start of the 2nd half it was Voyageurs who were off and running out of the gate. Their renewed composure was largely on the strength three Voyageurs who would eventually forge out double-double performances led by Kadre Gray’s 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Rocca again led all Windsor scoring with 12 points, and gather  10 boards to claim a double double.  Despite the loss the Lancers shot a decent 37 per cent from the field.  But Laurentian was more productive landing 41 per cent of their attempts.

The Lancers now have ample time to regroup over the holidays, as they will not take to the court again till 4pm Friday, December 29th in non-conference play against Bethel College. There next regular season outing will take place Wednesday, January 3rd in the new year against McMaster in Hamilton. The game tips off at 8:00pm and can be seen at OUA.tv.

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Kim Elliott

I am very excited to recently be given an opportunity to serve as your Sports Editor. While my educational background is not steeped in the study of literature nor journalism per se, I formally learned the craft of research reporting in pursuit of my undergraduate Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Hons) and a professional degree in Education at the University of Windsor, as a student-athlete. Thus, it’s not ironic that my first foray as a sports writing intern was with The Lance student newspaper in 2010-11. Along with some sport broadcasting with CJAM radio and OUA.TV, as part of sports media team of 2013-14 Lancer A award winners. These experiences in turn lead me to begin broadcasting and writing for the Windsor Express of the National Basketball League of Canada for WE-TV and The Square, respectively. Email Kim Elliott

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