The Nipissing Lakers men’s basketball team came up a huge win, 84-51 over the Windsor Lancers, Saturday to not only earn a weekend split, but also finish 2018 off with a dominant effort.
The Lakers led almost from tip-off and controlled the middle portion of the game to come away with their second win of the season.
The teams combined for 44 points in the opening quarter, with the Lakers holding a 24-20 lead after 10 minutes.
The second and third quarters are where Nipissing broke the game wide open.
In the second, the Lakers pout up 21 points and took a 45-27 lead into the break.
They piled on to that lead in the third, scoring another 21 points and padded their lead to 66-38 and were on cruise control moving towards the final quarter.
In the fourth, the Lakers scored another 18 points to seal the win, as they actually extended their lead by another five.
In the end, a dominating effort was the perfect way to end the first half of the year.
The Lakers were led by Marcus Lewis, who had a double-double, 18 points and 14 rebounds and Jordan Roberts and Justin Hill each added 17 points in the big victory.
The Lakers are back in action in January.
It was not the way the Nipissing Lakers women’s basketball wanted to end the first semester, but they did finish the 2018 portion of the season with a split.
Coming off their first victory of the season, the Lakers faced a very tough and skilled Lancers team.
While it was not a great start, the Lakers found themselves down just five points after the first quarter and were hanging in there.
The difference in the game came in the second quarter, where Windsor outscored Nipissing 20-9.
That big second pushed the Lakers deficit to 36-20 at the half, but they were still in striking distance and looked to make a comeback in the second half.
A tight third quarter had Nipissing once again stay close, but it wasn’t enough to cut into their deficit.
Windsor extended their lead by a single point heading into the final frame.
The Lakers failed to tighten the game in the last 10 minutes, as Windsor tacked on 15 points and picked up the 63-39 victory over Nipissing.
Jamie Soffer led the Lakers attack with 10 points and Angeline Campbell had 8 in the loss.
Nipissing is back on the court in January to resume the regular season.