Wednesday, 27 February 2008

OUA West: Mustangs Shock Lancers

Western 77, Windsor 71 6'6" Brad Smith hit the go-ahead hoop with 1:20 remaining and then 6'3" Alex Brzozowicz added a clutch 3 with 10 seconds remaining on a feed from 6'1" Matt Curtis as the Mustangs shocked an overflow crowd of over 2,500 to advance to the OUA West championship game at Brock on Saturday. 6'1" Jason Milliquet continued his recent white-hot shooting by knocking down back-to-back long 3's late in the game to give Western a 3 point lead with under 3 minutes remaining. But 6'5" Kevin Kloostra gave the Lancers their final lead including a steal and score that gave Windsor their last lead, setting up Smith's clutch shot. The Lancers jumped out to a nine point lead midway through the first quarter but Western coach Brad Campbell called a timely timeout and the Mustangs finished the quarter on a 5-0 run including a late 3 by Curtis to bring Western back to within 4 after 1. Western then led by 4 at halftime and extended the lead to as many as 9 late in the third quarter before Windsor finished the quarter on a mini 4-0 run. The Mustangs now travel to St. Catharines on Saturday to face Brock; game time tba.


Anonymous said...

A bitter pill to swallow for the reigning (but soon to be former) OUA champs, but looking back in retrospect, perhaps not all that surprising.
If a 20 point loss at home to McMaster wasn't enough, then surely that 3 point squeaker over last place Waterloo had to be a red flag for this team.
Going down the home stretch, the Lancers had a humbling loss at home and three close wins that should not have been close at all.
The fact that Kloostra was not even close to 100% had to be a factor, although there had to be other reasons for Windsor's mediocre play late in the season.

Peter Brown said...

Still, a rare semi-final victory for the 4th seed in the OUA West. The last time a 4 upset a 1 in the men's OUA West playoffs was '92-'93, Western over Mac. Thanks to Michelle Church at the OUA for that tidbit. Of course, that year the OUA West final four was at Copps Coliseum. So you have to go even farther back for a homecourt loss by a 1 to a 4.