In their second home games of the season, the Algoma Thunderbirds took on two of the top teams in Canada, the McMaster Marauders.
In the women’s game, the Algoma Thunderbirds clung to a one-point lead early on against the Number 1 team in Canada. McMaster wasted no time taking control of the boards, draining 3 threes to earn an early cushion over the home team. Algoma struggled to penetrate the Marauders’ defence and relied on poor outside shooting to put up points. Going into the second half, the Marauders led 48-19, extinguishing any hope of an Algoma win. In the third, McMaster applied pressure stopping Algoma from crossing the halfway line and chipping into the deficit. Early in the fourth, the teams traded threes but McMaster’s defence hardened, making any baskets hard to come by. McMaster cruised to their second win of the season, 82-32.
Sydney Resch led the Thunderbirds in their losing effort with 7 points and 3 rebounds. Danielle Boiage had 24 points and 4 rebounds for the Marauders, followed by Clare Kenney with 17 points and 9 rebounds.
In the men’s action, the Algoma Thunderbirds were in the tough, matched up against the Number 8 team in the nation. An early lay-up by Andre Barber gave Algoma a one-point advantage. The teams exchanged buckets with Algoma barely holding on. The Thunderbirds and Marauders traded leads late in the first quarter with the Marauders keeping it close with a 19-17 lead. Algoma kept pace in the second staying within one the Marauders. McMaster’s Trevon McNeil earned a foul on a long three, giving him a four-point play to pull away from the Thunderbirds 31-26 with just 2 minutes left. McMaster was in control 35-30 going into the third. McNeil’s early three in the third gave the Marauders their largest margin of the game. Unable to match McMaster’s hot start in the second half, Algoma was down 11 points only two minutes into the half. Feeling the pressure, Algoma became aggressive, allowing the Marauders to further their lead from the charity stripe. McMaster ran away with the game late in the third on the hands of Algoma’s sloppy passing. The Marauders earned their first win of the season 86-56.
Algoma’s Jermaine Lyle led the squad with 11 points and 3 rebounds. McNeil had 19 points for the Marauders and 3 boards.
About Algoma University
Algoma University was established in 1965 and is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Algoma University is a small, undergraduate, teaching-focused university that places an emphasis on serving the needs of Northern Ontario. Algoma University offers a wide range of degrees spanning the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines. As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma University has a special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Aboriginal populations and other communities. Algoma University also offers satellite programming in Brampton and Timmins. For more information, please visit www.algomau.ca.