Saturday, 2 October 2010

Lakehead 110, Regina 89

Shooting a blistering 18 for 27 from beyond the arc, the T-Wolves put on a strong display of transition offense and three point shooting to defeat the visiting Cougars.  The game was foul-filled and there were numerous open transition layups and looks as both teams kicked off their 2010-11 season.  Lakehead used all 15 players who dressed and with 6 reaching double figures.  The margin could have been wider if not for a poor 14 for 32 effort by Lakehead at the foul line.

The Wolves jumped out to a 15-2 lead off the start of the game and extended the lead from there.  The two teams meet again tonight at the Thunderdome in Thunder Bay as part of the Dave Zanatta Memorial Alumni weekend, honouring the former Lakehead great. 

Back-to-back threes by 6'5" newcomer Venzal Russell (Detroit, MI) and 6'1" sharpshooter Jamie Searle were instrumental in the early first quarter run.  Matt Schmidt came off the bench to lead all scorers with a career high 19 points in 16 minutes including a stretch of 8 consecutive points. Five other 'Wolves were in double figures including Joe Jones with 13, Russell, Searle and Cam Hornby with 11 and Ryan Thomson with 10.

Paul Gareau and Matt Campbell led the Cougars with 22 and 18 respectively in a game that saw some unquestionable lapses in transition defence:

Lakehead Coach Scott Morrison was pleased but knows there remains much to work on:  "We did some good things in transition in creating some steals and easy buckets off turnovers. At the same time Regina often made us pay for overplay in the backcourt which led to easy hoops on the other end. Tomorrow we have to try to use our ball pressure without gambling and taking chances. I thought Regina did a better job on the boards than we did and we were bailed out with some good outside shooting."

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