Volume 91, Issue 77
Tuesday, February 17, 1998
Court hogs take two in Thunder Bay
DON'T BE TOUCHING ME FOOL. Western's Brad Campbell looks for someone to pass to Saturday.
By Alex Chiang
Lightning struck twice in Thunder Bay, when the fifth-ranked Western men's basketball team took both games of a weekend double-header versus the Lakehead Nor'Westers 90-61 on Friday and 71-69 on Saturday.
On Friday, Western thoroughly outplayed the Nor'Westers at both ends of the court.
"When you're playing at the Thunderdome, you want to win the first game to have any chance at winning both games," said Mustang head coach Craig Boydell. "It's a tough place to go play and we had to play well. Only teams like [McMaster] and us have gone up there and won both games.
"It's not just the Thunderdome," Boydell added. "They have a very good team that can absolutely beat anybody."
Nor'Wester head coach Lou Pero said his team had trouble dealing with Brown and Graham in the low post and the Lakehead team lacked intensity on the defensive end.
"We had handled [Windsor's] Geoff Stead easily last week, but we didn't do a good job defensively in the post on Friday," Pero said. "We weren't active enough and didn't do a good job off the boards."
Lakehead had a difficult time scoring, making a mere 16 of 85 attempts from the field including none in the final seven minutes of the game. Pero attributed the statistic to a combination of Western's smothering defensive play and a lack of patience exhibited by the Nor'Westers.
Two Mustangs recorded double-doubles on the night as guard Micah Bourdeau had 21 points and 15 rebounds and forward Nat Graham contributed 14 points and gathered 10 rebounds. Brad Campbell, who had nine points and 10 rebounds and Chris Brown, who had 16 points and eight rebounds, narrowly missed the mark.
Pero would see much more effort from the Nor'Westers on Saturday, however, as Lakehead bounced back in a big way. But in the end, Western's Brad Campbell would have the final say on the evening draining a buzzer-beating three-point shot with Lakehead's Robert Boaz challenging him, to give the Mustangs a two-point victory.
"I looked in to Graham and he wasn't open, so I took a quick peak at the clock and there was 2.4 seconds left. I knew I had to do something, otherwise we wouldn't even get a shot off," Campbell said. "I just got lucky I guess, because there's not going to be many of those shots that I take which are going to go in."
Boydell said Campbell was one the few guys on Western's team who could have pulled the shot off.
"Brad's one of the few guys who can make that kind of shot, because he has a high release," Boydell said. "He made a remarkable shot under tremendous defensive pressure."
Nat Graham led Western in the second game with 19 points, while Micah Bourdeau had a regular-season low of 12 points.
Lakehead's Ramon McElmurry led the Nor'Westers in scoring with 18 points in both of the weekend's games.
Western's record improves to 9-1, while Lakehead falls to 3-8. The Mustangs will travel to Waterloo to play the Warriors (6-4) tomorrow night at 8 p.m..
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