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Basketball Preview: Women @ Bemidji, Men Host Hibbing CC

With the regular season just over a week away, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams seek to tune up their game in non-conference play this weekend. The women head to Minnesota to take on the Bemidji State Beavers Saturday and Sunday, while the men’s team will host the Hibbing Community College Cardinals Friday and Saturday for a pair of exhibition scrimmages.

Women (6-2 non-conf)

Lakehead hopes that the Beavers, who have good size and strength inside along with some very talented guards, will prepare them for a similarly outfitted Guelph team when league play begins Nov 6.

“We have been working hard the past two weeks on our defense and ball movement on offense,” says coach Jon Kreiner. “I am hoping to see some solid results this weekend.”

“The last time we played the Beavers the games were up-tempo and exciting but we struggled with our interior defence. We will need to be on point in that department which will be a tough challenge with their skilled shooters. We are battling through some injuries but we should have the majority of our squad available.”

Men (7-2 non-conf)

The men’s team is coming off a 2-1 weekend in St Catharines, and will have a chance to get some game experience for their expanded roster in these final non-conference contests of the pre-season.

Although officially billed as scrimmages in accordance with NCAA rules, Hibbing will bring a competitive roster north of the border to play the Thunderwolves.

Lakehead post Bacarius Dinkins is looking forward to the weekend, having played against Hibbing during his junior college career in Minnesota prior to becoming a Thunderwolf.

Coach Manny Furtado:

“This weekend will be a great chance for all of our players to get some playing time and get things primed for the regular season that’s around the corner.”

Women’s games will be webcast via Bemidji State channel. No webcast is scheduled for the men’s games.

Weekend Basketball Schedule

Friday, Oct 30
8:00pm Men vs Hibbing CC
Sat, Oct 31
2:00pm – Men vs Hibbing CC
7:30pm (local) – Women @ Bemidji St.
Sun, Nov 1
1:00pm (local) – Women @ Bemidji St.

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