Thunderbirds Off To Strong Start In 2011-2012
LOCAL2 Staff for local2 sault ste. marie
October 19th, 2011 at 10:26am
If last weekend was any indication, the Algoma University Thunderbirds Basketball program is off to a promising start this season. Both the Men's and Women's teams travelled to Southern Ontario on the weekend and brought home some significant victories in exhibition and tournament play.
After losing to Gannon University (Erie, Pennsylvania) 78-56 on Friday, the men scored a convincing 81-54 win on Saturday against Georgian College. The biggest win came on Sunday night against the York University Lions, by a score of 79-68. Led by newcomer Jovain Wilson (7 for 11, 21 pts.) and returning veteran Dele Oworu (6 for 14, 19 points), the Thunderbirds demonstrated that despite a high turnover from last year's team they are ready to play. "That's a big win for our program," said Head Coach Thomas Cory. "It's only an exhibition game, but it shows that our team can compete and win against CIS opponents."
On the women's side, a 72-52 loss to Niagara in the finals was all that separated them from a Gold medal in the Georgian College Women's Basketball Fall Classic. They came home with a Silver medal on the back of strong wins against Georgian College (68-46) and Mohawk College (69-64). First-year Thunderbird Corina Bruni was the leading score in both wins (16 pts. and 20 pts. respectively), with Amanda Orr leading the way with 16 in the loss. Head Coach Ryan Vetrie was happy with the way his team played over the weekend. "We would have liked to come home with the Gold," he said, "but we've got a lot of new faces and we know it'll take time for us to come together as a team. This was a great start."
The men and women both begin their regular season on November 5th at Redeemer University College. Their first home action is on November 12th at the George Leach Centre against St. Clair College.