A slow start was too much to overcome Saturday night, as the Lakehead Thunderwolves were handily defeated 87-66 by the Windsor Lancers in the OUA West Division finals at the St. Denis Centre in Windsor.
Windsor will now advance to face the Carleton Ravens in next Saturday’s Wilson Cup at Ottawa to determine the conference champion. Lakehead has one final chance to qualify for the CIS Championships as they will face the Ottawa Gee-Gees in a one game playoff next Saturday at Ottawa. The Gee-Gees lost in the East finals to Carleton who have an automatic national berth as hosts.
The ‘Wolves were led by guard Cam Hornby with 15 points, all coming from beyond the arc. Jamie Searle added 13 points while post Yoosrie Salhia dropped 10. Lakehead shot 40 per cent from the field, hitting nine three-pointers.
Windsor’s Isaac Kuon sparked the win with 23 points while Lien Phillip and Josh Collins both had 13 points. Adding 11 points apiece were Nigel Johnson-Tyghter (Brampton, Ontario) and Matt Handsor as the Lancers shot 43.4 per cent from the field with 11 three-pointers.
Windsor controlled the rebounding department 44-34 overall and 18-8 on the offensive end. The Lancers also limited their turnovers to nine against the stingy ‘Wolves defence while Lakehead coughed it up 16 times.