Volume 92, Issue 77
Friday, February 12, 1999
Hoopsters get a tune-up
© Geoff Robins/Gazette
By John Dinner
Hitting their stride as the playoffs loom has become the No. 1 priority of the men's basketball team.
On Wednesday night the Mustangs travelled to Windsor to take on the Lancers in what became nothing more than a tune-up game, as Western crushed them 91-69.
Leading the way for the Mustangs once again were forwards Nat Graham and Micah Bourdeau with 16 and 17 points respectively. The story for the 'Stangs however, was the ability to put together a full 40-minute effort.
"We played hard the entire game. We finished strong and really controlled the tempo of the game," said Mustang head coach Craig Boydell. "We know we've got guys who can compete off the bench. When they can step in and do their job we know we can be successful."
The large leads also allowed the Mustangs to work on some aspects of their game where they have struggled of late.
"We're getting there but we still have a lot of work to do," Bourdeau said. "We need to continue to work on our offence. It's not that we're not good shooters but we've got to work more on working our offence through."
Mustang shooting on the evening was key in defeating the surprising Lancers, who have wins over top ranked McMaster and Lakehead, two teams the Mustangs have lost to this season. The Mustangs were able to shoot 50 per cent from beyond the three-point arc and 77 per cent from the free throw line.
"We've got to do a better job handling the ball and we've got to be more patient," said Lancers head coach Mike Havey. "We pride ourselves on our defence and we didn't do a very good job. We let them have too many open shots."
Throughout the season the Mustangs have been opening up leads and either letting the game get away or relying on last minute surges to get the win.
"When we've had a team down by a couple of points we haven't been able to finish them," Bourdeau said. "We did a better job against Windsor but we lost games against Guelph and Lakehead when we were up on them. We've got to be able to bury opponents and not let them get back into the game."
The Mustangs hope to continue the growing process this weekend when they host Brock on Saturday at Alumni Hall. Tip-off is at 2 p.m..
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