Gaels rally from 26 down to stun Lakehead in Thunder Bay

Queen’s (6-6, 4-1) 76, Lakehead (3-11, 1-5) 75… 6’3″ Sukhpreet Singh canned a pair of free throws with 20 seconds remaining for the final margin as Gaels overcame a late third quarter 26 point deficit in an incredible comeback in Thunder Bay.  Trailing 62-36 with just 4 minutes left in the third, Gaels used their transition to mount a 38-9 run to take a 3 point lead with just over a minute to play.  6’2″ Nick Burke then tied it for Lakehead with a clutch 3, setting up Singh’s free-throws.  Later a pair of missed Gaels free throws gave Lakehead one final chance at the win but they could not convert to take the disappointing loss.  6’5″ Alexandre Robichaud had a career offensive effort with 32 points including 8-16 from three-point land for Lakehead, which jumped out to a 12-0 lead against the slow-starting Gaels.  Robichaud had 25 points in the first half alone as Lakehead made 9 of their first 19 threes in the game and the game looked to be decided.  But Gaels, who got 19 from Singh and 17 from impactful 6’1″ guard Isse Ibrahim, went through a stretch of making 19-22 free throws and finished 8-16 from the field down the stretch to secure the unlikely win.  Lakehead hosts York tonight.

#3 Ottawa (8-1, 2-0) 74, Laurentian (3-7, 2-3)…  6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles had 19 points and 12 rebounds and the Gee-Gees led by as many as 22 in a solid road win at Laurentian despite shooting just 3 for 19 from beyond the arc.  Gee-Gees used a 26-5 run starting late in the second quarter to pull away, shooting 48% overall including 26-42 (62%) from inside the arc as Pierre Charles and 6’6″ Brody Maracle (14 points) combined to go 13 for 19 from the floor.  uOttawa outrebound Laurentian decisively and continues to show their strength in the paint with much less reliance on making perimeter shots.  6’2″ Kadre Gray had 18 points to lead Laurentian with 11 coming in the second half including several after the game was well decided.  Ottawa travels to North Bay to meet Nipissing tonight while Vees host #1 Carleton.

#1 Carleton (8-0, 2-0) 79, Nipissing (5-9, 1-4) 59… Ravens pulled away in the second half behind 6’4″ Connor Wood who had 14 of his 25 points after halftime, shooting 7 for 14 overall from 3.  Ravens led by just 3 with 4 minutes left in the third when Wood keyed a 15-2 run with a three and a dunk and Ravens were rarely threatened thereafter.  6’3″ Jaaden Lewis had 17 points while ex-Raven 6’8″ Justin Shaver added 13 points and 5 rebounds for Nipissing.

#8 Ryerson (7-2, 5-0) 111, Algoma (1-9, 1-5) 61… 6’4″ Ammaneul Diressa had 28 points while 6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly added 16 as the Rams hammered the Thunderbirds, leading by as many as 56 as all 12 Rams who dressed hit the scoresheet.



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