Thunderbirds End Home Stand with Losses to Varsity Blues


The Algoma Thunderbirds closed out their home stand with a pair of losses to the Toronto Varsity Blues this past Saturday evening.

The Algoma men battled hard but were defeated by the Toronto Varsity Blues 83-70.

Adam Benrabah led the Thunderbirds in the loss with 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals. Sean Clendinning chipped in with 16 points.

Algoma’s field goal percentage was 43.9%, they shot 34.6% from beyond the three-point line.

“It was an interesting game. We came out on fire, they came out on fire and then we both locked in defensively in the second quarter. There was an offensive game that turned into a defensive struggle. And in the third quarter, they continued their defense and there was a three-minute lull where we weren’t very good offensively and we weren’t very good defensively in that span and they got a little bit ahead. We weren’t able to close that gap in those three or four minutes. We played a 35 solid minutes tonight – it’s not enough, but it’s closer to the full 40, what we’re trying to get to,” said men’s Head Coach Thomas Cory.

Devin Johnson led Toronto with 22 points.

The women dropped an 85-52 decision to the Varsity Blues.

Karly Fracalanza led the Thunderbirds in the loss with 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal. Karina Cole chipped in with 9 points and 4 rebounds.

Algoma’s field goal percentage was 35.8%, they shot 42.1% from beyond the three-point line.

Rahshida Atkinson led the Varsity Blues with 26 points.

“The second game of the back to back will always be more challenging and tonight I don’t think we were mentally tough. We need to focus on having a good week of practice and get ready for the last weekend of the first half,” said women’s Head Coach Ryan Vetrie.

Algoma continues their 2016-17 season on the road against the York Lions on Friday at 6:00pm (women) and 8:00pm (men).

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