Volume 91, Issue 81

Wednesday, March 4, 1998

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SPORTS
 

One last dunk for two Mustang vets



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GO GO GADGET ARM! Western forward Brad Campbell rakes in an offensive rebound in a game against Guelph earlier in the season. Campbell, along with Jonathan Dingle, is running on his last legs as a Mustang.


By Alex Chiang

Gazette Staff

It was a fond farewell for two of the Western men's basketball stars on Saturday as the seventh-ranked Mustangs downed the visiting Waterloo Warriors 84-67.

Guard Jonathan Dingle, who recorded 18 points and forward Brad Campbell, who added 13, both played out their final home games as Mustangs and were key factors in the win.

Campbell drained five of his eight shots and made two of three attempts from beyond the three-point arc.

"It's a motivation factor for sure," Campbell said of his last chance to play on Western's court. "If anything, you know that this is the last stop playing at home, so why not go out with a win?"

Dingle, on the other hand, admitted he had trouble finding his shot, converting on only five of 15 from the field along with one for five from three-point territory.

Dingle did, however, play an excellent defensive game, shutting down Waterloo guard Mano Watsa, who is the third in scoring in the conference.

Watsa, who averaged over 20 points a game coming into last weekend's match, was limited to only 14 points.

"I tried to come right up on him and push him to the base-line and ask for help," Dingle said. "He's not a great perimeter shooter, but he's got some great moves."

Warrior head coach Tom Kieswetter acknowledged Dingle's defensive performance, but also pointed out Watsa displaced a bone in his shooting hand a couple of weeks ago which has made shooting more difficult for the point guard.

Instead, Kieswetter felt the game was determined from the free-throw line – an area where the Mustangs had a distinctive edge on Saturday.

"I think both teams showed some great defence, but when one team goes to the [foul] line 38 times and the other team only 15 times, it's tough to win the game," he said.

Mustang head coach Craig Boydell said he expects his team to get to the line on a regular basis.

"We can't put [the ball] in the open court that fast, but we can break down the other team offensively," Boydell said.

The win improves Western's record to 12-2, good enough for second-place in the Ontario West division. The Mustangs, along with first-place McMaster, will get an automatic berth in this weekend's divisional championship at Waterloo.

Kieswetter said his team would relish the opportunity to get another shot at Western in the playoffs on their home court.

"We've lost four games in a row, but we'll be playing in our gym and we know there's a good chance we'll be playing Western again," he said.

Western will play either Lakehead or Waterloo in one of the Ontario West semifinals on Friday. The winner will then advance to the West final to be played on Saturday at 2 p.m..


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