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Hoops on the Road vs York, Queen’s

Lakehead Basketball travels to southern Ontario to take on the York Lions Friday followed by a drive up the 401 to Kingston and the Queen’s Gaels on Saturday.

Lakehead Women (4-7)


The York Lions (2-10) are led by senior guard Ishanaa Seupersadsingh, who has put up 12.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game thus far. The Lions have lost five in a row in January, but did earn a 77-65 win at Wilfrid Laurier (6-7) back in November.

As for the Queen’s Gaels (9-3), they come off two road losses vs Ottawa and Carleton last week and are no doubt looking to rebound after getting bounced from the CIS Top 10 rankings this week. Coming into the weekend Queen’s has played just three games at their home gym, where they are 2-1. The Gaels are among the best rebounders in the league, with Robyn Pearson grabbing 11 per game to go with 9 points.

Coach Jon Kreiner:

“We have two tough opponents on the road this weekend. York has been playing very strong recently defeating Laurier and competing very well with 9th ranked Queens. York is a strong dribble attack team with some good size. Queens just came off two losses this past weekend but have been playing great before that knocking off CIS Ranked Ryerson. Queens is a very big team with some very strong perimeter players. Overall we need to be ready to compete, rebound and defend for 80 minutes.”

Lakehead Men (6-5)

The York Lions (3-9) played the Thunderwolves to a close (non-conference) game back in October, the ‘Wolves coming out on top, 72-71. Bacarius Dinkins had 21 points and 14 rebounds in that game, and rookie Kache Kopec nailed five 3-pointers. The ‘Wolves will need to slow down York’s leading scorers, Nathan Culbreath (12.5 ppg) and Shane Reader (14.9 ppg).

Lakehead hasn’t defeated the Queen’s Gaels (7-5) in Kingston since November of 2011. The ‘Wolves were victorious in last season’s game, the first of coach Manny Furtado’s Lakehead career, 54-51 in the Thunderdome.

The Gaels’ are driven by Sukhpreet Singh, who has amazed many with his offensive output, which averages 22 points per game. Singh had a season-high 39 points last week in a 99-81 loss to Carleton.

“We gotta be road warriors,” says coach Furtado. “It’s just the nature of the beast in the OUA. We got some good practices in this week to prepared for York and Queen’s. It’s something we take pride in as a coaching staff, making sure we prepare well for all our opponents and have our guys focused defensively come game time.”


Weekend Schedule

Friday, Feb 5 @ York Lions
6:00pm – Women
8:00pm – Men
Saturday, Feb 6 @ Queen’s Gaels
6:00pm – Women
8:00pm – Men

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