SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The Algoma Thunderbirds basketball teams closed out their home stand against the Western Mustangs this evening.
The Algoma Thunderbirds women’s basketball team split their weekend. After last night’s win against the ‘Stangs, Algoma dropped a 74-51 decision to the purple and white this evening.
Carriera Lamoureux led the Thunderbirds with 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Algoma shot 32.7 per cent from inside and 30 per cent from outside.
“We didn’t bring it tonight. It’s tough to beat a team back-to-back and tonight was an example of how ready and how hard you have to play every single night,” said Head Coach Ryan Vetrie.
Julia Curran led the Western with 16 points.
The men’s team dropped their second decision to the Western Mustangs.
After leading the Mustangs in the first half, Western came out strong, outshooting Algoma to pull away with the win, 86-75.
Sean Clendinning led Algoma in the loss with 20 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal. Reng Gum earned a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Jedson Tavernier led Western with 19 points.
Algoma shot 41 per cent from the field and 77.3 per cent from the line.
“It wasn’t a great weekend for us. We need to take care of home care and make a push down the stretch. Last night we didn’t play with a sense of urgency and tonight I thought we did a great job in the first half with that urgency, moving the ball and defending. But then in the second half, we didn’t come out with that do or die mentality, and it cost us,” said men’s Head Coach Thomas Cory.
The Thunderbirds continue their season away next weekend against the Brock Badgers on Friday at 6:00pm (women) and 8:00pm (men) in St. Catharines.