The Algoma Thunderbirds men’s basketball team split their weekend games against the Windsor Lancers at the George Leach Centre. Algoma clinched a 79-78 win over the Lancers on Saturday.
Algoma came out hot, leading the Lancers 50-36 at the close of the half. The Lancers battled back, but Algoma held on down the final stretch by one.
Sean Clendinning led the Tbirds in the win with 24 points and 1 rebound. Cailum White earned 16, including three 3 pointers, and Adam Benrabah chipped in with 15.
Mitch Farrell had 23 points for Windsor.
Algoma shot 50.9 per cent from inside, 41.7 per cent from outside, and 83.3 per cent from the charity stripe.
“It was a good bounce back game for us. I thought we competed tonight… Our kids bounced back and it was great… Our guys battled and gave us everything they had and if we do that and our offense starts to go, I think we’ll be okay. It all starts with our effort. And our effort was 100 per cent different from last night,” said men’s Head Coach Thomas Cory.
On the women’s side, Algoma held off the Number 6 ranked team in the nation for 20 minutes. Unable to stop the fast break of the Windsor Lancers in the third quarter, Algoma fell in their second game this weekend, 83-70.
Karissa Kajorinne led the Thunderbirds with 15 points. She went 3-3 from the charity stripe and 4-8 from beyond the arc. Carriera Lamoureux and Jamerka Martin both earned double digits in the loss.
Emily Prevost earned her second double-double of the weekend for Windsor, notching 24 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
Algoma shot an impressive 40.7 per cent from inside the paint. Algoma went 8-18 from beyond the arc, continuing their legacy as one of the top three-point shooters in the league.
“It was a positive weekend, I felt,” said women’s Head Coach Ryan Vetrie. “The energy and effort was there. Something to build on going into next weekend.”
The Thunderbirds will head to Guelph next weekend to take on the Guelph Gryphons.