SUDBURY, ON – The Laurentian Men’s Basketball team found themselves in another full house in the Ben Avery Gym on Saturday night as they aimed to continue their fantastic play demonstrated on Friday night. The Voyageurs went into tonight with a 2-1 record after upsetting Windsor yesterday. Students came out wearing their blue and gold again and it definitely gave the Voyageurs a competitive advantage.
The game began with both teams struggling to find their offense and both defenses standing strong in their own court. The Voyageurs took a 17-10 point lead going into the second quarter where they found themselves successful on offense and grew that to a 13-point lead going into the half.
The Mustangs came out strong in the third quarter and managed to work the lead down to nine points, going into the fourth quarter trailing 59-50. After a few big shots from Laurentian players such as Jamie Weldon (Sault Ste Marie, ON) and Manny Pasquale (Victoria, BC) the Voyageurs never looked back and finished the game strong with a 75-65 victory.
The Voyageurs were led by offensive powerhouse Georges Serresse (Blezard Valley, ON) who had a game high 20 points as well as 9 rebounds. Serresse hit a big three point shot at the beginning of the fourth quarter, which got the crowd back into the game and seemed to take Western out of it. The Voyageurs also saw strong performances by Laurentian rookie Josh Budd (Timmins, ON) who scored 12 points and Yaounde, Cameroon native Nelson Yengue who scored 11 points with a few slam dunks that brought the crowed to their feet as well.
The Mustangs were led offensively by Peter Scholtes (London, ON) who scored 15 points in the game and Charlie Drouin (Oakville, ON) who had a respectable 14 points throughout game.
When asked about the victory, Laurentian head coach Shawn Swords said, “The noise in the gym is why we have one of the best home gyms in the country. Western still outworked us but the fans helped us find the energy to pull out the victory.”
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Sports Information Writer
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