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In a nail-biter in the Brock Badgers’ den in front of 800 strong, the men’s basketball team came up just short, losing 82-80 in overtime.
Lakehead battled hard out of the gate and looked hungry to knock off the CIS #4 ranked team in their home opener. Brock scored the last two buckets of the first half to lead 39-35 at the break.
Despite Lakehead doing a decent job defensively on Dani Elgadi, the talented Badger still put up 28 points on 22 shots with 15 rebounds.
Bacarius Dinkins grabbed his share of boards as well with 13 to go with 11 points. Taner Parrington had his best game to date, scoring 12 points with 9 rebounds.
Henry Tan had another 20+ point performance, this time scoring 24 points with 4 assists and 2 steals, playing nearly the entire game’s 45 minutes. His most incredible shot came at the end of regulation, after Lakehead had a few opportunities to tie the game, Tan heaved a shot from about 32 feet out that swished through with 1.8 seconds on the clock, much to the shock of the raucous crowd.
Lakehead did get a stop on the following possession with 12 seconds left, but a Nick Burke three fell short of the mark as time expired. Burke finished with 16 points.
Coach Manny Furtado:
The men’s team will rematch against the Badgers tomorrow evening at the Meridian Centre at 7pm.
Photo credit: Shawn Whiteley