The Lancer’s Men’s Basketball team improved to a 3-1 pre-season record with Thursday’s 67-57 win at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
A night of unremarkable throwing and the absence of a few key members led to a five-point deficit at halftime despite Algoma committing 19 turnovers over the first two quarters.
The Lancers redeemed themselves in the second half, outscoring the Thunderbirds 40-25. The team shot 6-for-25 from the three-point range for 24 per cent and 17-for-30 from the free throw for 57 per cent.
“We shot terribly,” head coach Chris Oliver said. “We defended really well. We played hard. There were still a lot of positives. Unfortunately, it was an off day for a bunch of guys.”
Lien Phillip scored 18 points and had ten rebounds. Ryan Christie, Josh Collins and Michael Petrella each had ten points for the Lancers, who played Marietta College Tuesday at Tecumseh Vista Academy. The game is part of Tecumseh Vista’s anti-bullying campaign.
More than 40 local kids showed up for the Windsor Basketball Youth Clinic hosted by the Lancers Men’s Basketball team.
Lancers head coach Chris Oliver estimates more than 40 kids attended the two-hour camp on Sept. 30, which was followed by a pizza party.
“The clinic was awesome,” Oliver said. “Our guys ran it and they did a great job. It was just an overall positive experience for both sides. Afterwards the kids got a chance to get to know our guys more and our game.”
Oliver will consider running the program again because of its success.
Lancers community involvement
The Lancers Women’s Basketball team has been busy with community involvement lately. Several of the athletes participated in Breakfast with the Spits Sept. 29, where they spoke with members of the community, signed autographs and posed for pictures.
Also, for their seventh straight year, the two-time defending CIS champs took part in the 5 km Run for the Cure. Jessica Clemonson and freshman Andrea Kiss both ran the event in 24 minutes.
Toronto Varsity Blues head men’s basketball coach Mike Katz retired Oct. 1.
Katz spent seven seasons on the sidelines for his alma mater, where he garnered both OUA and CIS coach of the year honours in 2007-2008. That season, he led the squad to a third consecutive third-place finish in the competitive OUA East. Under his leadership, the team posted a 158-96 overall record, three playoff victories and several top 10 rankings.
Defensive lineman Derek Hurlock and defensive back Deandre Jones of the AKO Fratmen football team were named recently to the Ontario Football Conference all-star team.
Kicker Dan Colella led the OFC in punting averaging with 40.7 yards per punt. The Fratmen of the Canadian Junior Football League finished the regular season with a 4-4 record.
Lancer Fastball swept
The Lancers Women’s Fastball team were swept in two doubleheaders on the weekend.
Friday, they lost 5-4 and 10-6 to the Waterloo Warriors and Saturday they fell 7-5 and 6-2 to the Laurier Golden Hawks.
Windsor falls to an 8-10 record and seventh place in the standings heading into two games at York Saturday and Queen’s Sunday before the season ends.
Men’s Soccer splits weekend
The Lancers men’s team won Sunday’s game 2-0 against UOIT with two goals by Mike Pio. Pio headed his first goal seven minutes into the game and got his second one midway through the second half. Sam Atkin recorded the shutout.
Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Western amid a torrential downpour saw the Lancers fall behind just before halftime. Despite putting a lot of pressure on the Western goal, Windsor could not find the equalizer.