Radio piece aired on 91X Monday February 13, 2012
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It was just too little too late.
The men and women both played two games each this weekend, not unusual.
There were only two games won this weekend, also not unusual.
However, both games went to the menâs basketball team, which was unusual.
âItâd be great if we did it earlier in the season so we could have been somewhere from the wins,â said Rich Whitfield, head coach for the menâs team. âBut the guys are finally showing some toughness. It wasnât consistent through the whole game but when we needed it we showed it.â
And with a couple regular players including Calvin Chevannes seeing more bench time than usual, some other players got their chance to shine.
âWhen a guy like [Kevin Owusu] comes in, heâs thinking you know, this is my time,â said Patrick Kalala, guard on the menâs team. âSo he came in and he seized the moment.â
â[Kevin Owusu] was borderline red shirt at the beginning of the year, â said Whitfield. âHeâs just worked hard on his game and heâs come a long way. Heâs played considerable minutes in the last two days and been successful.â
The men beat the Cambrian Golden Shield 70-56 Friday night, and the Seneca Sting 74-73 in a close game that was fought until the end by both teams.
âIt was good that we did this late but, good teams really always give 100 per cent the whole time,â said Kalala. âAnd itâs not that we donât give 100 per cent, itâs more that we have mental lapses.â
Even though they didnât make the playoffs, Whitfield said theyâre still going to play hard until the end.
âYou know, play spoiler to some of the bigger teams that need wins from us, and hurt the other teams that donât need wins from us,â said Whitfield. âAnd you know, grow for next year.â
The two wins from the weekend put the menâs record at 7-11, and in eighth place along with Fleming.
For the women, there just wasnât the energy to match the intensity of the other teams.
âWeâre short benched,â said Haley Sisler, guard for the womenâs team. âSome of us are sick, some of us are injured. I, of course, am sick.â
Jenni Thomson is out with a foot injury, and during Saturdayâs game Martine Gauvin, a key player for the women, took a hard hit to the head. She played briefly after that, but was quickly taken out of the game, and likely has a concussion.
The women fell 51- 45 in their Friday exhibition match to Cambrian on Friday, and hard to the Seneca Sting on Saturday 82-36.
The women still sit in fourth place, with an 8-6 record.
Both teams play a home game on Friday against Centennial starting at 6 p.m.
Check out Tuesday’s coverage of the Lady Lancers basketball team.
Photos and Storify courtesy of Taylor Renkema from QNet News.
It was a record-breaking weekend for the Lancers menâs volleyball team.
The menâs second set against the La Cite Coyotes on Sunday was a back and forth struggle, eventually leading to a 37-35 point win for La Cite. Thatâs the highest recorded set for menâs volleyball on the OCAA website for the year.
Not a big record, but still noticed by players and fans, who sat on the edge of their seats as Loyalist and La Cite battled it out, going up a point then tying over and over.
âIt was certainly a heartbreaker,â said recent OCAA player of the week from Loyalist Kyle Donnan. âBut as, you know, as a team we got to battle back into it for the third set.â
The men fought back to beat La Cite in a close final set 27-25.
âWe were just riding a big wave from our game to Algonquin last night, so we just went out and took care of business,â said Donnan.
The men beat the Algonquin Thunder Saturday, a huge win over the undefeated first place team.
âThe rest of our goal is to go undefeated for a semester and finish third in the East,â said Donnan. âSo that way we can host the crossover with the sixth place in the West.â
The men have an 11-4 record, with a six game winning streak. Theyâre currently fourth in the East Region, with five games left.
The women had a 1-1 weekend.
The women battled hard against the third place Thunder on Saturday, pushing the match to five sets and losing a close final set.
âWe played so well together, we shouldâve won it was a close game but…â said rookie starter Jenny Richardson.
Richardson leads the Lady Lancers with 115 kills for the season as of January 15.
Even so, she doesnât think kills win the game.
âI guess the high point would be our blocking,â said Richardson. âWhen we all block itâs like no one can stop us.â
The women came back Sunday to beat La Cite 3-1, putting their record 10-5.
The Lancers volleyball teams hit the road for their next three games, traveling to Trent, George Brown and Durham. Their next and last home game of the season is February 12 against Georgian.
The Lancers volleyball teams had a strong weekend collecting 3 of a possible 4 wins at home. .
It was a 1-1 night for Lancers basketball.
Both the men and the women played the Durham Lords tonight, but the women came out on top. With a final score 73-55, Coach Chris Eligh called it a dry win.
âBut itâs nice to score 73 points on a dry win.â
Eligh says heâs looking for a little more energy from his bench, and from the fans who come out to watch games.
Samantha Goff, centre for the Lancers, continued to prove that not only can she defend, but put forth an impressive offensive effort as well. Rookie Jenni Thompson also had a good night, with two and three pointers, as well as numerous penalty shots.
And while the will to win was definitely there, the men couldnât keep up to the Lords, except for in fouls. As usual, the men put forth a strong effort for the first half to three quarters of the game, but by the fourth quarter the fouls went up, and points down. Frustration with the referees mounted, until head coach Rich Whitfield was heard in an untimely silent gym berating one of the referees.
âI thought you were a better official than this.â
A presumed technical foul followed that statement, and the downhill roll continued. While they were within 10-15 points of the Lords, the gap increased until the buzzer, with a final score of 91-71.
Both teams next game is in Algonquin Saturday January 28.