After missing the first game of the tournament with an illness and working his way back yesterday vs. Ottawa, 6’7″ sophomore forward Lars Schlueter left his imprint on the Rouge et Or tournament with a sizzling 6 for 7 performance from downtown – all in the first half – leading Calgary to a decisive 88-67 win over Laval in a game that Dinos had under control by mid-way through the third quarter, leading by as many as 28.
Schlueter, a skilled wing from Germany, put the game away for all intents and purposes by knocking down 3’s on three consecutive possessions early in the second quarter – part of a 16-1 run – that gave Calgary a 37-13 lead. Dinos had jumped out of the gate making 5 of their first 7 3’s to lead 17-7 as Calgary averted a third consecutive loss with a solid road win. Schlueter ended up with 22 points – 20 in the first half plus 9 of his team-high 11 boards – in one of more spectacular shooting performances of the CIS season.
In all, Calgary shot 10 for 21 from downtown – in the first half alone ! and Laval got no closer than 13 midway through the third quarter in a dominant performance against a team that only 2 days earlier had knocked off uOttawa Gee-Gees (#1 in the CIS coaches poll).
Laval shot only 26% from the floor including 6 for 36 from downtown as Head Coach Jacques Paiement went to his bench early for major minutes.
Final Standings in tournament
- Ottawa 2-1
- UNB 2-1
- Calgary 1-2
- Laval 1-2
Tournament all-stars, MVP and other honors hopefully to follow.