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The men’s basketball team were handed a 84-69 loss by the Western Mustangs on Friday, hampering but not denying their case for a playoff bid.
The Thunderwolves found themselves up against a stingy Western defense, that keyed on Lakehead stars Henry Tan and Bacarius Dinkins early on. Dinkins was doubled at every turn, kept completely off the glass (zero rebounds in the first half) but still managed to put up 7 points in the first 20 minutes.
Western came out of the locker room with a vengeance, going on a huge run to begin the second half and opening up a 20-point lead in short order. As the deficit climbed to to 28, coach Manny Furtado put in his reserves, who did stop the bleeding and bring the game back within 20, trailing 65-45 after three quarters.
Bacarius Dinkins was held to a career-low 2 rebounds while scoring 17 points. Kache Kopec showed his offensive touch off the bench, potting 17 points as well on 6-of-8 shooting. Henry Tan was held to two points and was 0-of-7 from the field.
Western went 18-of-28 from the free throw line, while Lakehead shot well (80%), but got to the line just 10 times.
“Our lack of execution defensively is unacceptable. We let three guys score 70 points. We’ve got to understand that these opportunities don’t come along too often. We need to make better choices everyday if we want to compete at the highest level.”
Lakehead will play their final regular season game tomorrow in Windsor against the Lancers at 8:30pm.