As the OUA season speeds toward the holiday break, the Windsor Lancers now have the advantage in the stacked OUA West.
The Lancers (7–1) now sit in first place, after a 2–0 weekend. A day after getting by the Queen’s Golden Gaels Nov. 26 (68–54), the Lancers made the most of their Kingston stay, whooping the Paladins 112–68. Monty Hardware squashed the Paladins with 25 points in 23 minutes. Tyrone Bramble scored 18. When a squad shoots 48 per cent from the floor, and score 12 three-pointers in a winning cause, you would think the Lancers now have all the confidence in the world going into the break.
The Golden Hawks (6–2) kept pace with the Lancers, making the most of their time on home turf. On Nov. 26, the squad, led by Matthew Buckley’s first CIS-level double-double (23 points, 15 rebounds), handed Ryerson an 89–76 smacking. The next night, Peter Campbell’s squad handed the CIS-ranked Varsity Blues a loss, 94–85. Blues guard Justin Holmes had 22 points in a losing cause.
Meanwhile, the Thunderwolves (6–2, 1–1 this weekend) had to endure the inevitable Ottawa swing in their OUA schedule. After skimming by the Gee-Gees 68–65, the tired squad got smoked by the Ravens Nov. 27 (75–49). The Ravens won all quarters, out-rebounding the Thunderwolves 45–25. Ben Johnson, not to be confused with the infamous sprinter, had the only double digit point total on the night, with 11 points.
As of Saturday night, five squads at the top of the OUA West are within a couple games of the Lancers. The Badgers and Mustangs (5–3) sit at 10 points, only four points back.