Thunderwolves basketball to resume OUA play in Guelph

Lakehead’s basketball teams resume regular-season play this weekend, as they head down to Guelph to face the Gryphons on January 4th and 5th.

“This will be a good test to start the second semester,” Thunderwolves men’s head coach Ryan Thomson says.

Guelph’s men’s team enters the weekend at 3-7 with a two-game losing streak.

“Guelph is always a physical team that rebounds and defends with intensity,” Thomson says.

Lakehead’s men’s team begins the new year with a 2-8 record, including a seven-game losing streak. The Thunderwolves, however, lost five of those games by an average margin of 8 points, not including a tough away weekend in Ottawa. Lakehead’s men’s squad spent the holiday period practicing and recuperating from a difficult first semester.

“We’ve had a bit of a long layoff since our last games,” Thomson says, “so there will be a bit of rust, but we’ve had a good week of practice.”

The Gryphons’ men’s squad currently sits fifth in the OUA West, but a Lakehead sweep of the weekend could potentially see the Thunderwolves moving from their last-place position into Guelph’s place.

“It should be an exciting weekend,” Thomson says.

Lakehead’s women’s team goes into the weekend hoping to build upon their first-semester success.

“We are looking forward to getting back into league play,” Thunderwolves women’s head coach Jon Kreiner says. Lakehead’s women’s team comes into the weekend with a record of 9-1 and a five-game win streak. The Thunderwolves also added a third-place finish in exhibition play over the holidays at the Wesmen Classic in Winnipeg, where they defeated the USPORTS #8 Calgary Dinos in the first round.

Guelph’s women’s team enters the weekend at 4-6 with a three-game losing streak.

“Guelph is a very tough team to play against,” Kreiner says. “They have very skilled guards and change their defenses quite a bit. We’ll need to be disciplined and stick to our game plan, and to be ready to defend without fouling.”

Basketball games are available via webcast courtesy of OUA.tv

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