Algoma Thunderbirds Drop a Pair of Decisions to Guelph Gryphons


The Algoma Thunderbirds basketball teams were in Guelph, Ontario this evening taking on the Guelph Gryphons.

In the women’s action, Algoma started slow, but came back in the second and third frame to tie the game, 48-48. Unable to hold off Guelph, Algoma fell, 64-54.

Karina Cole led the Thunderbirds with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. Karissa Kajorinne had 10 points and 3 rebounds.

Ashley Wheeler earned a double-double for Guelph, with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Algoma shot 32.8 per cent from inside and 31.6 per cent from outside.

“This one was tough,” said Head Coach Ryan Vetrie. “We weren’t focused to play right off the tip and again had to play catch up. I have to do a better job in preparing the team so we come ready to play start to finish.”

In the men’s game, Guelph jumped out to an early lead which they never relinquished. Algoma fell, 76-58.

Sean Clendinning led the Thunderbirds in the loss with 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. Jermaine Lyle had 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Jonathan Wallace led Guelph with 20 points and 3 rebounds.

Algoma shot 42.9 per cent from the field in the first half.

Algoma continues their 2016-17 season next weekend at home in the GLC against the Western Mustangs. The Tbirds will don pink in their annual Shoot for the Cure event in which they aim to raise $10,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. To donate, please visit their online web page.