Men’s basketball regains composure

After barely edging the (1-2) York Lions 78-70 on Friday, the men’s basketball team ran (2-2) over top of the (3-1) Queen’s Golden Gaels 98-74 last Saturday in the home opening double header.

Josh Collins hits a 3 pt. shot during Lancers 78-70 victory. Photo by Alex D’addese.
Josh Collins hits a 3 pt. shot during Lancers 78-70 victory. Photo by Alex D’addese.

Josh Collins hits a 3 pt. shot during Lancers 78-70 victory. Photo by Alex D’addese.

Kim Elliott

Reporter

After barely edging the (1-2) York Lions 78-70 on Friday, the men’s basketball team ran (2-2) over top of the (3-1) Queen’s Golden Gaels 98-74 last Saturday in the home opening double header.

“I am very unimpressed with our team. We’ve got to execute. We weren’t at the highest level of concentration. It was obvious by the turnovers and the lack of execution on defense in terms of rotation,” said coach Chris Oliver.

“I enjoy coaching this team but I don’t know what it was with them today. They should be excited to play on their home court, but it seems that they see a couple of York’s starters out so they dropped their level of concentration; and as we know that is not the proper mentality for this level of sport,” he said.

Lancer newcomer Bradford Parker played in his first home game on the Friday, in which he scored a productive 14 points and snagged 8 rebounds.

“We could’ve pushed them harder. We’ve gotta have more effort to close teams out earlier,” said Parker.

“We definitely need to improve our defense, communication and our playing together,” he said. “It feels good to finally get it out of the way. Now it’s time to get back at it tomorrow.”

His team mate Enricho Deloreto, topped Lancer scorers by pouring in 15 points, while Lien Phillip racked up another double-double scoring 11pts and tearing down 13 rebounds, and Khalid Abdel-Gabar added 10 points.

Lions Centre, Nick Tufegdzich, formerly of Tecumseh, outperformed everyone with 19 points and an astounding 21 rebounds. In terms of efficiency, York outshone Windsor 37.9% – 36.9 % from the field, while Windsor prevailed at the charity stripe 84.6% – 81.3%.

In Saturday’s more polished and executive taming of the previously unbeaten Golden Gaels, Parker,  the Lancers 6’-6” transfer for Wayne County in Michigan was a perfect 4-4 from two point range and 1-1 from three point land along with 5 rebounds.

Parker appears to be a tamer version of Ryan Christie, who disappeared from the Lancer roster near the end of the season last year.

This kinder, gentler bull work in the paint, along with some of the other very skilled and experienced rookies may make the difference needed for Windsor to recapture the OUA crown and regain entry into the CIS Big 8 tournament down the stretch.

In the second outing, 2nd team all-star Enricho Diloreto paced a balance Lancer attack with 19 points, followed by Mike Rocca who scored 14 points, including 4 of 5 from three point range.

Lien Phillip continued his balance play with 12 Points and 13 more rebounds.

MacKenzie Simpson toped all scorers with 23 Points and choralled 11 boards of his own.

In overall statistics, Windsor out shot Queens 43.5% – 39.7% from the field and 75% to 65% from the free throw line.

Windsor’s Rotimi Osuntola and Evan Mathews also had impressive alley-oop and solo jams to accentuate Friday and Saturday’s victories respectively.

Harkening back to the disappointing consecutive losses to open the season, first to the defending national champion Carleton Ravens  and then the cohort Ottawa Gee-Gees, All-Canadian Lancer Centre Lien Phillip said “We don’t like to lose, but those are two losses that we can learn from because they are the top ranked teams that we have to learn to beat.”

Lien looks forward to redeeming last year’s earlier exit from the OUA Championship and missing the CIS Big 8 Tournament.

“Our fifth year players, along with the new talent we have surrounding us, want our last season to count the most. Our goal is to leave everything we got on the floor this year so that we have no regrets,” said Phillip.

The Lancers, now 2-2 on the season, travel to Toronto this weekend to take on the (2-1) Ryerson Rams and (1-2) Toronto Varsity Blues, Friday and Saturday as they race toward another regular season first place finish as the OUA West continues to heat up.

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