Kokko, Chesson enable Golden Hawks to sweep a pair in North Bay


Laurier (2-0) 64, Algoma (0-1) 52…  The Golden Hawks, fresh off their decisive win by 24  last night over host Nipissing, struggled early but took this morning’s game over in the 4th quarter behind 5 consecutive 3’s by 5’11” freshman Tevaun Kokko, who finished with 20 points, as Laurier swept a pair of weekend games, defeating Algoma Thunderbirds today.  Algoma held the Hawks to just 7 third quarter points to take the lead entering the final frame but Kokko and 6’8″ Matt Chesson, who had two very strong games for Laurier over the weekend, took over.  As importantly, 6’0″ freshman Matt Minutillo locked down T-Birds star shooting guard Sean Clendinning late; Clendinning had many of his 23 points in the first part of the game.  Chesson was the difference last night before a packed homecoming crowd in North Bay, scoring at will inside.  Friday marked the Nipissing debut of Lakers prized transfer Justin Shaver, who is playing his way back into shape after sitting out a couple of seasons.  The former Ontario provincial team player and Carleton Raven had 12 points on 4-8 shooting and 5 rebounds off the bench in Friday’s loss to Laurier.  The three team mini-tournament draws to a close tomorrow as the host Lakers take on Algoma in an afternoon affair.

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