OUA: Campbell, Rocca lead Lancers 3 pt onslaught

Windsor 78, Western 72  Fourth-year 5’10” point guard Joe Rocca knocked down back-to-back 3’s early in the fourth quarter, one off a sweet draw-and-kick feed from 6’4″ Alex Campbell, who himself came alive offensively after halftime including making a pair of shot-clocking-beating 3’s in the fourth quarter, and Windsor used a game-deciding 17-2 run to break it open a tie game late in the third as the Lancers clinched top spot in the OUA West with a solid road win at Alumni Hall in London.  Campbell made several big offensive plays when it counted, going 4 for 5 from 3 as Lancers shot 50% from the floor, guaranteeing themselves a home playoff game and avenging a 20 point home loss to the Mustangs before the Holidays.

The Mustangs stayed in the game through three quarters again on the heroics of 6’3″ Greg Morrow who finished with a game-high 28 points but missed several make-able layups in the fourth and continues to struggle at the line going just 2 for 6 including a pair of misses that hurt Western down the stretch as they made one final run to cut it to 4 with just seconds remaining.  But Windsor broke pressure and 6’3″ freshman Isiah Osborne (19 points, most of them in the first half) finished with a two-handed slam to close the game.

Western got strong production offensively from 6’5″ lefty Peter Scholtes, who led their final late run finishing with 27 points on 10-18 shooting however Mustangs coach Brad Campbell continues to lament the lack of secondary scoring from his supporting players:  Morrow and Scholtes combined to go 23 for 41 from the floor (55 of the 72 Mustang points) while the rest of the roster combined to go just 5 for 18 including a pair of desperation 3’s by 6’5″ Anthony Spiridis in the final moments that made the score look closer than it was.  Windsor made just 1 of their first 11 threes in the game until Spiridis and Scholtes knocked some down late.

The Lancers are an intriguing bunch led by the dynamic Campbell and pesky Rocca, a lefty who pushes into the heart of the “d” consistently and went 3-7 from downtown.  Osborne is an athletic wing who is likely to be Lancers next star attraction.  6’4″ Tyler Persaud, a spot up 3 point shooter with a limited role on prior Lancer teams, has worked his way into a more workmanlike role, working hard on the offensive glass – he had a pair of important put-backs during the key second-half run and finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds on 7-8 shooting.  Windsor certainly must be considered as a home playoff game type of team – Lancers currently sit #6 in the OUA RPI – and may work their way into the #4 seed to host a quarter-final game.  Time will tell if Lancers are deep enough to compete with the top 3 teams in the conference.

Both teams host Algoma and Lakehead next weekend in games that may or may not count in the RPI depending upon what Lakehead does.  After last night’s dramatic one-point loss at home to York, Algoma has been eliminated from playoff contention.

OUA West Standings

Windsor 12-6

Western 9-9

Laurier 7-11

Algoma 4-13

Waterloo 1-17


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