Lakehead 99, Winnipeg 84… The Thunderwolves shot a scorching 18 for 38 from beyond the arc, busting out to a 24-11 lead as the combination of 6’3″ Kache Kopec and 5’9″ Lequan Cseri-Hylton together went 12-23 from three. Emerging 6’9″ Aussie Jack Bull continued his consistent early season play with 14 points and 11 rebounds while 5’11” Nick Burke 13 points and 7 assists in the victory. Lakehead pulled away in the second quarter using a 20-8 run to lead by 16 late in the first half and built their largest lead at 63-44 early in the fourth on a three by Cseri-Hylton, the transfer from Niagara College (OCAA), who led all scorers with 28 points. Kopec added 22 while 6’4″ sophomore Narcisse Kambola led Winnipeg with 25 points and 7 rebounds while 6’4″ 4th year wing Denzel Lynch-Blair added 15 for the Wesmen, who return home to Winnipeg next weekend to face Laurentian and Algoma at the Manitoba tournament. Lakehead puts their undefeated record on the line in two weeks with a pair of games also against Algoma.
Victoria 87, Guelph 63… Before a tremendous crowd of 1,767 fans in Victoria, the Vikes jumped out early to an early 12 point lead and the scored the first 8 points of the second quarter to lead by 16, shooting 11-28 overall from distance against a Guelph team without their pair of bigs: 6’7″ Sean Carey and touted 6’9″ Emmanuel Chukwu (Nigeria) who injured his knee in the morning shoot around. Vikes received 18 points from 6’3″ Mason Loewen, the Victoria native who has transferred back home after averaging 8.7 ppg in 26 games at Rockhurst University, an NCAA Division II school in Kansas City, Mo last season. Loewen, now in his 4th season of eligibility, played two seasons at Cowley CC in Kansas (’14-’15 & ’15-’16), averaging 7 ppg in 2015-16 including a 30 point effort in his final game. Vikes Coach Craig Beaucamp spread the minutes around with 10 players playing at least 10 minutes.
Nipissing 104, Seneca (OCAA) 78… The Lakers kicked off their Homecoming weekend with a decision win over the Sting in North Bay. Nipissing gets set to host Humber College on Sunday afternoon.