MBASK take care of business against Thunderwolves
Hawks swarm Lakehead in the third quarter en route to a comfortable win in first of a back-to-back
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - Posted by Mac Turchan
THUNDER BAY, Ont. (February 17, 2018) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s basketball team was dominant on the offensive end of the floor on Friday night as four players scored in double figures in an 89-72 victory over the Lakehead Thunderwolves at the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse in Thunder Bay.
The T’Wolves (2-21) got off to a hot start, especially from the three-point line in the first quarter, perhaps catching the Hawks (11-12) off-guard coming out of the blocks.
Trailing for most of the first half, the purple and gold showed some diversity in their offensive strategy by going down low to Vlad Matovic (Kitchener, Ont.) and Ben Stevens (Halifax, N.S.). Both big men were very effective in the first half, combining for 12 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting from the field.
Closing Lakehead down of defence late in the second quarter, the Hawks made a late run to head into halftime with a 37-32 lead.
This momentum carried over into the third quarter, where it was time for the offence to go to work. Led by 14 from Ali Sow (Ottawa, Ont.) and 12 from Tevaun Kokko (Markham, Ont.), the Hawks shredded the Lakehead defence for 28 in the third quarter and another 24 in the fourth, building up a lead as large as 27 in the process.
To give an idea of how effective the Laurier offence was in the second half, they shot 67 percent from three while dishing out 11 assists.
While the T’Wolves managed 28 points in the fourth quarter, the damage had already been done as the Hawks were never threatened.
Kokko and Sow would both finish the night with a team-high 18 points to lead the way for Laurier. Kokko's performance moved him into third on Laurier's single-season scoring list with 421 points, trailing only Max Allin (441 - 2012-13) and Kale Harrison (466 - 2010-11).
Despite the victory, Laurier will be unable to catch the Windsor Lancers (12-11) in the OUA West division standings as the Lancers win Friday night over the Waterloo Warriors (8-16) locked up the third seed, leaving the Hawks in fourth heading into a first round playoff matchup with the McMaster Marauders (9-14) next week.
The Hawks will now go for the weekend sweep of the doubleheader against Lakehead on Saturday night as they attempt to finish at .500 or better in a season for the first time since 2011-12. Tip goes at 8:00 p.m. and the game will be live on OUA.tv.
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