Volume 93, Issue x

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Volleying the ball with Campbell

Weekend road trip is all business

Saving our national pastime

Millenium Moment

Weekend road trip is all business

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WHEN YOU GO TO THUNDER BAY, DON'T FORGET YOUR LONGJOHNS. Both the men's and women's basketball teams travel to Thunder Bay tonight for a two game weekend set against Lakehead University.

By Chad Thompson
Gazette Staff

Western's men's and women's basketball teams are hoping lightning will strike twice this weekend, as they travel to Thunder Bay for back to back games against the Lakehead Thunderwolves, tonight and tomorrow night.

After the men's loss last weekend to the McMaster Marauders, Western head coach Craig Boydell said he hoped his team would be more prepared for the weekend. "We know we played poorly against Mac," he said. "It may be the wake up call we needed."

Boydell added Lakehead will be a good test for his team. "They are a tough team and it's a tough place to play. The atmosphere is great."

The back to back game schedule, although tiring for the team, is an experience which Boydell said can ultimately become a benefit. "We value it. We know in the playoffs or the nationals, if we get that far, it will be back to back games or three games in 48 hours."

Thunderwolves head coach Lou Pero said he was not concerned about playing two games in a row. "We play back to back games every weekend," he said. "[But it's] not an advantage, we prepare for 80 minutes [of basketball]."

As for his opinion of the Mustangs' talent, Pero said they are preparing to play against a solid team. "They have five or six guys who score and shoot the ball. They also have a good presence inside with [centre] Chris Brown."

On the women's side, Western head coach Bob Delaney said his team felt confident going into this weekend's double bill in Thunder Bay. "We had them down here in November and beat them by 40 plus points – we're ready for them."

Delaney said the team would be prepared for the weekend because of their experience with pre-season tournaments. "It's just like if we were in a tournament where we would have to play three games in one day."

Lakehead head coach Bob Main said it is not the schedule which concerns, him, but rather the purple tide coming to Thunder Bay. "Back to back games don't bother us, Western bothers us," he said.

"A team like Western causes us some concerns. We played them in early November down there and they trashed us."

Main added his concerns rest in the team's starting five and the Mustang defence. "Bob has them play with a lot of pressure on defence. We have a young team so we have been practicing with pressure on ourselves all week, but the game will be different."

The Mustangs are at the midway point of the season and Delaney said the biggest surprise so far has been the performance of his rookies. "Our first years have come so far, they are working hard in practice and it's transferring over to the game."

The two Western teams play tonight at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.. The tip-off times are the same for Saturday.

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