Laurentian: Manny Pasquale; 25pts, 4ast, 9-14fg, 6-6ft
York: David Tyndale; 15pts, 3ast, 4reb, 1TO
SUDBURY,ON–In their final game before the Christmas break, the York Lions were defeated by the home-court Laurentian Voyageurs by final a score of 82-69. The game equalized the records of both teams at 3-5 on the season.
Both teams came out with a lot of energy initially, looking for easy baskets in the paint. However, it was Laurentian who seemed to want the W more, as they picked up their defensive intensity early in the game and kept their intensity until the game was all but decided going into the fourth. Give credit to the Lions, who entered the final frame with a 21 point deficit, but still brought enough effort to outscore the Voyageurs 28-20 before the final whistle.
Laurentian simply fed off of their defensive success and looked as confident on offense as they have all season long. Forced York turnovers led to easy fast-break points for the Vees, and their rebounding presence provided numerous second chance opportunities. Shavaan Sheldon pulled down an impressive seven offensive boards for the Voyageurs, who out rebounded York 37-25, including a season-high sixteen offensive rebounds.
The Voyageurs were led by the trio of Isiah Pasquale, Manny Pasquale, and Mike Hull, who combined for 54 points and 13 of Laurentian’s 16 assists. Hull locked down the paint with his rebounding and post moves, while Manny Pasquale scored from all over the floor, including a perfect 6-6 performance from the free-throw line.
York’s David Tyndale’s strong performance included only a single turnover. York’s center, Dejan Kravic, continued to be a huge defensive presence for he Lions, as he recorded four blocks; Kravic leads the CIS in that category this season.
After a nice break, the Voyageurs will be back in action in some exhibition games during the Rod Shoveller Tournament at Dalhousie University. They look to extend their winning streak to two when Queen’s comes to town on January 7. The York Lions look to bounce back from this loss when RMC visits on January 7.
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