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Second-half collapse sinks Thunderwolves

Lakehead drops sixth straight to start the OUA men's basketball season.
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Nick Burke
Lakehead's Nick Burke (right) dribbles away from Algoma's Jake Clendinning on Saturday; Nov. 5; 2016 at the Thunderdome. (FILE)

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – The season is starting to slip away from the Lakehead Thunderwolves men’s basketball team.

The Wolves fell 73-65 on Saturday night to the host Algoma Thunderbirds, dropping to 0-6 on the campaign with top-10 teams Ottawa and Carleton scheduled to arrive next weekend at the Thunderdome.

Coach Manny Furtado was happy with the start, not so much with the finish.

“It was a great first half tonight. We played great defence, rebounded the ball and made some shots. Some early turnovers in the second half and cold shooting by us gave them the momentum they needed. We need to keep battling and make some plans when they matter most,” Furtado said in a statement.

Lakehead led by nine at the half, but were out-scored 45-28 after the break.

Nick Burke topped all Thunderwolves scorers with 18 points, just two other teammates reaching double figures – Kache Kopec (13) and Darnell Curtin (11).

Ian Nash had 20 for Algoma (3-5), Nathan Riley collecting 19.