Wolves win Wesmen Classic in Hornby's big homecoming
Transfer guard Cam Hornby of Winnipeg lit it up on his former team’s home court for a third straight game as the CIS No. 10 Lakehead Thunderwolves clinched the 43rd annual Wesmen Classic title with a 72-58 win over the Bishop’s Gaiters, Wednesday night at the Duckworth Centre in Winnipeg.
Hornby, a junior who joined the Thunderwolves after seasons with South Dakota State of the NCAA and later the University of Winnipeg scored a game-high 18 points, including five three-pointers with four assists, and averaged 17 PPG over the three-day tournament to earn MVP honours. Earlier in the week, the Pack knocked off NCAA Div. II team Minot State in the opening round before beating the Quebec conference-leading Laval Rouge et Or in the semis. The Classic win was the third in Lakehead school history after also winning in 1989 and 1997.
Lakehead took a narrow 21-19 lead over Bishop’s through one quarter and turned it on in the second, outscoring the Gaiters by 10 to lead 43-31 at halftime. Yoosrie Salhia was player of the game, with 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots and earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
Bishop’s was led by Ryan Steele’s 14 points while Tim Hunter added 11 in the loss.
Lakehead is back in action Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9 as they open their OUA West Divisional schedule with games against the CIS No. 6 McMaster Marauders. At 7-1 in conference play, the Thunderwolves lead the West by two points over the Windsor Lancers, while 5-3 Mac sits tied for third place. Tipoff for both games is 8:00 p.m. following the completion of the Lakehead women’s games with McMaster that tip off at 6:00 p.m.
Jerome Turcotte-Routhier – Laval
Orlando Anderson – Valley City
Yoosrie Salhia – Lakehead
Onnex Blackwood – Bishop’s
Tim Hunter – Bishop’s
Cameron Hornby – Lakehead
Last Edited: December 31st, 2009
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