Mustangs Blow Out Lancers for Third Straight Win
Western Mustangs Men's BasketballGreg Bowman
The Western Mustangs men’s basketball team were looking for their third straight win on Sunday when they hosted the Windsor Lancers in a rescheduled game.
The Lancers came into play with a 6-15 record, not having a lot of veteran talent with just three fourth year players on the roster.
The Mustangs had already clinched their playoff spot at 14-7 coming into play, and were looking to at least leapfrog the Brock Badgers temporarily for second in the OUA West with a win.
Western had a strong start to the game, immediately filling the lanes in transitioned which led to some easy layup opportunities. Their athleticism would be showcased on defence as well, as the Lancers looked flustered by how aggressive Western were applying ball pressure. The first quarter would end 27-11 in favour of the Mustangs.
The Mustangs simply couldn’t miss on Sunday evening. They would hit shots as the shot clock expired, they would convert on their second-chance opportunities, and were barely giving Windsor an inch on defence. Any shots the Lancers hit were usually met with some disruption from someone in a purple jersey. Western would keep its cushion heading into half leading 56-28.
Western had their first lull of the game in the third quarter where they went three consecutive possessions without scoring for the first time all game. It would force a timeout from Brad Campbell halfway through the third quarter when they still had a 21-point lead. Three-balls from Omar Shiddo and Nik Farkic would help the Mustangs regain their scoring touch, as they still managed to hold the Lancers to 22 points to lead 76-50 after three quarters.
The Mustangs returned to their lethal shooting game in the fourth quarter, with everyone getting in on the action. Omar Shiddo would drop another two three-balls to make him 8-10 on the night. Jedson Tavernier, Tyler Thomson and Julius Laurinavicius would also connect from deep. The Mustangs would cruise to a 102-63 victory over their rival Lancers.
Shiddo would lead the way with a stellar performance with 29 points on 10-13 field goal shooting with a whopping 8-10 from behind the arc. Marko Kovac would also have a solid game against his former team with 15 points and a rebound shy of a double-double. The Mustangs shot 50% from the field in the game with a +20 rebound differential.
It was a dominant team victory that saw all 12 players on the Mustangs’ roster get playing time. Western will play Waterloo on Wednesday, then host McMaster for Seniors Night on Saturday to close out the OUA regular season.