For those who follow high school recruiting closely, recall that several years ago 6’7″ Luke Allin was touted as one of the top players in the entire country coming out of Chatham Ursuline – the last in the long line of great CIS players in the Allin/Wydrzynski family and the target of all the top programs in Canada including Carleton Ravens, Ottawa Gee-Gees and hometown Windsor Lancers. In arguably his final recruiting coup, venerable Laurier Coach Peter Campbell was able to attract Allin to the Golden Hawks, likely with the support of Luke’s older brother Max, who authored an All-Canadian career under Campbell and later played professionally overseas for several seasons. While Allin was impactful at Laurier, he apparently never did find his comfort zone and chose to transfer back closer to home to Windsor and Coach Chris Oliver.
After sitting out the required 12 months, Allin makes his Lancers debut tonight in Toronto at the Goldring Center against the Varsity Blues. Expect the talented wing/forward, who shoots it with range using a very quick release and is a talented passer among other skills to play a formidable role with Windsor, which comes off a strong 5-1 pre-season but thus far has had an uneven regular season, sitting at just 3-3 in OUA regular season play.
The Blues (6-5, 4-2) continue to in general shoot the ball well from the perimeter and have won 3 in a row after losses to Top 10 teams Ryerson and Brock. Windsor will have tend to 6’5″ Devin Johnson, Toronto’s best offensive threat while there promises to be an interesting battle at the point between Lancers spark-plug 5’10” point guard Mike Rocca and improving 6’3″ Sage Usher for the Blues…
Also in Toronto tonight, #6 Ryerson Rams (7-2, 5-0) host Western Mustangs (3-10, 1-5) with Rams having won all 5 of their OUA regular season games by at least 20 points. The reeling, snake-bitten Mustangs squad has been unable to close out tight games, giving up leads in each of their 5 setbacks including losing 4 of their games by a combined margin of 11 points. Western’s two most recent games epitomize their recent challenges – a double OT loss at Laurier in which Western led and then had to come from 11 down late to take a one point lead with 8 seconds remaining in regulation before bowing out in extra time and then this past Saturday’s last second loss at Waterloo when Mustangs blew a late 7 point lead before re-taking the lead with 8 seconds to play only to watch Warriors 6’5″ forward Ben Davis hit a turnaround jumper with 2 seconds remaining to win it for Waterloo.
Both games are available on OUA.TV both with comparatively excellent production.