Lien Phillip heralded as all-Canadian

Lancers rebounding sensation Lien Phillip was awarded second-team all-Canadian status at Carleton University during the CIS semifinals.

Lancers rebound sensation recognized nationally

Kim Elliott
LANCE WRITER

Lancers rebounding sensation Lien Phillip was awarded second-team all-Canadian status at Carleton University during the CIS semifinals.

Despite being relegated to post-season status earlier than expected, the 2012-13 OUA MVP Phillip got some court time at the CIS Championships at the Big 8 Tournament in Ottawa.

“It is a deserving recognition, not just based on stats but more so because of the person and leader he has become over his years at Windsor. His dedication, work ethic and passion are all exceptional,” said coach Chris Oliver.

Oliver recruited the native of the Caribbean Sea island nation of Grenada, when he met him playing post-secondary ball at a prep school in Pittsburg, PA.

Oliver was impressed with his records in double-doubles, where Philips averaged 14.9 points and 12 rebounds while shooting an astounding 48.7 per cent in two point range and a respectable 24 per cent in three-point range.

The understated Phillip said, “Receiving the award is pretty good, but it would have been nicer to receive it if my team was there with me. … Our motto this year has been ‘one team, one family,’ and we are always there with and for one another.”

Philips credits his teammates and coaches for not only being there on the court, but in all aspects of his life.

“From day one the team and coaches have helped me, even when things weren’t going good. I like that we really set the bar high for each other but also encourage and support one another in attaining our goals. If things weren’t going well for me in a game or with my family life, they will always say ‘come Lien, we need you, let’s get going.’”

Although Phillip co-lead his team in victories over Division one schools in the preseason and to a first place finish in the OUA West, it was the back-to-back losses in the OUA final four that were he and the team’s only regrets this year. Philip attributed both losses entirely to the loss of co-captain Josh Collins to an ankle injury the week of the final four in Toronto.

“Josh is the true leader of our team and losing him down stretch was like losing 50 per cent of the team. He not only scores and distributes the ball very well on offence, he directs on the floor defensively and that’s where we simply could not get the job done without him,” said Phillip.

Philip is motivated to return for another— potentially final— shot at winning the OUA Wilson Cup and the national CIS McGee Crown. “Josh [Collins], Enricho [Diloreto] and myself will be back for our fifth year, we came here together for that reason and next year will plan to get it done for sure. I am so glad I came to Windsor … I would do it all again.”

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