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Thunderwolves VS McMaster Marauders
January 30, 2016 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Thunder Bay
LU Fieldhouse
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McMaster Marauders
Game Review

‘Wolves Win 74-72, Complete Sweep of Marauders

Hugh Mullally | Basketball (M)

In an exemplary show of resolve and determination, the men’s basketball team erased another 10-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat the McMaster Marauders, 74-72, and sweep the CIS #4 team out of the Thunderdome.


Bacar_blowby“Our guys competed right to the end. We’ve been in these types of situations before, down 10 in the fourth quarter,” explained coach Furtado in the post game media scrum. “Our guys took from those experiences. They didn’t quit.”

The flow of the game was similar to that of Fridays; McMaster established their running game and had a 6-point cushion at halftime. One key difference for the Marauders was the absence of Leon Alexander, who tweaked his ankle in Friday’s game. Trevon McNeil also exited the game in the first half with a lower body injury and did not return.

McMaster reserves Rohan Boney and Lazar Kojovic picked up the slack, Boney finishing with 18 points and Kojovic 16.

With their collective back against the wall midway through the fourth, the Thunderwolves got plays from their veterans, namely Henry Tan, who scored 6 straight points to close the gap to 4 points with under three minutes to play.

Then Bacarius Dinkins, who had been hampered by aggressive double teams all game, found a way to score through traffic twice, once going to line to complete a three-point play. He also dropped off an assist to rookie post Holelsky (Mike) Theodore, and hit another pair of free throws late.

The biggest shot of the game belonged to Alex Robichaud, who caught a feed off a Henry Tan drive. With his team down by 1, the Thunderdome fell silent as Robichaud stepped into his stance, a wide open look at the hoop, lifted up, and swished through his fourth three-pointer of the game with 5.5 seconds left in the game. Robichaud finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

After calling a time-out McMaster ran a lob play to 6’7″ Troy Joseph, but it was disrupted by 6’1″ Nick Burke, who displayed his vertical leap in flying above the rim and deflecting a pass to what would have been a sure lay-up.

McMaster ran the next play to Connor Gilmore, who was fouled by Dinkins, but Lakehead was not in the penalty, which burned time and forced McMaster to draw up another play. David McCulloch did get a clean look at a baseline three with 0.9 seconds left, but the shot missed.

Bacarius Dinkins scored 11 in the fourth quarter to finish with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Henry Tan also had 19 points, with 5 assists and 3 steals.

Furtado summarized the end of the game:

“They defended, got some big rebounds when they needed to. Some big buckets down the stretch, you know, Henry, Alex a big three, Bacarius some free throws, it was an all-around effort.”

Lakehead’s next game is on the road against York then Queen’s.

Photo credit: Superior Images

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