Mustangs Breakout Brooms vs Thunderbirds
Not sure of the origins of the analogy combining a sport, series, and a broom, but it is one that has stood the test of time. The Western Mustangs Men’s Basketball team was in search of a sweep of their opponents, the Algoma Thunderbirds. The 'Stangs faced off against the Thunderbirds Friday and Saturday in a two game mini-series, with Western emerging victorious Friday by the score of 90-75. Saturday night at Alumni Hall, the Mustangs completed the metaphorical sweep of Algoma after winning 92-70. Discipline, Ball movement, and defence, all exhibited by Western throughout the entire game, guaranteed the win, their fifth in a row.
The host Mustangs played to their strengths, using defence and easy transition buckets, attempting to impose their will. Yet, everytime, they looked into their rear-view mirror, they saw the Thunderbirds right on their heels. Algoma went to the bench after the initial 10 minutes, with a 22-21 lead.
In the second quarter Western took over the game, and never looked back. The Mustangs outscored the Thunderbirds 21-9 in the quarter, and won each of the remaining quarters to win their fifth consecutive game in a row. Western’s relentless offensive attack came in large part from the shooting of guard Omar Shiddo, and Julian Walker. Shiddo scored a team high 27 points and hauled in 5 rebounds, while Walker chipped in another dynamic hustle effort, scoring 21 points, and grabbing 5 rebounds himself. Defensively, the Mustangs kept the momentum on their side. Double-digits in steals and forced turnovers, allowed Western to kill any traction that Algoma tried to gain. Every heavy hit that the visitors would throw, was met by an equally or harder counter-strike by the host purple and white.
Friday January 18th and Saturday January 19th are the next games on the schedule for the Western Mustangs, both at Alumni Hall. Friday night, the Mustangs will face stiff competition and a bitter rival, the Waterloo Warriors. Saturday evening, Western will entertain the always troublesome Guelph Gryphons. The Mustangs will be seeking out their sixth and seventh wins in a row next weekend, and maintain their perch high above the OUA West division standings. Friday’s game will be broadcast live on Radio Western 94.9FM and on radiowestern.ca/stream.