Thunderbirds Fall to Marauders and Lions in OUA Basketball Action

Photo Credit: Maria Coccimiglio

To kick off the February 2nd and 4th weekend, the Thunderbirds made their way down to Toronto to face the York Lions on Friday.

With York taking a big lead in the first quarter, the women lost their game by a score of top scorer of the game was Gracie Rae Batongbakal with 13 points. Rhianna Mae Laing had 6 rebounds.

Although the played well in the second half of their game, the men’s team lost to York 83-69. Top scorer of the game was Tife Obasoto with 20 points. Jaylen White had 10 rebounds.

Sunday marked our Senior Appreciation Game, in which we honoured the following graduating athletes:

Women’s Basketball
#3 Qeila Mbonihankuye
#4 Allison Read
#5 Gracie Batongbakal
#32 Rhianna Mae Laing

Men’s Basketball
#4 Steven Kabongo
#25 Jaylen White

With the women starting the game strong in the first quarter, it was the McMaster Marauders who took the win with a final score of 84-49. Top scorer of the game was senior athlete Gracie Rae Batongbakal with 16 points and 5 rebounds.

The men’s team lost to McMaster with a final score of 86-65. Top scorer of the game was Taleh Wade with 15 points. Senior athlete Jaylen White had 6 rebounds.

Men’s Thunderbird coach told Saultsports that “I thought we struggled getting into offence in the 2nd quarter. That’s where Mac was able to create distance. I wasn’t happy about our rebounding efforts, I thought we could have attacked the glass offensively much better. The next two weekends will be a challenge being on the road but I am optimistic we will be able to put together back to back games.”

“I thought our girls really worked hard this weekend, but unfortunately we gave up way too many offensive rebounds both games to be able to compete. I thought Sunday vs Mac we did a much better job cleaning some things up as the game progressed so we are looking to carry some of that momentum into next weekend. Senior night is always a day filled with a lot of emotions, our 4 seniors represent our program with a lot of pride and passion so we were happy to acknowledge their efforts throughout their career in front of a packed stands (thank you Sault Ste. Marie). It’s no secret that next weekend is a huge one for us, so I’m intrigued to see how our squad responds to the challenge at hand. We are playing two extremely well coached and talented programs in Nipissing and Laurentian. But, if we show up and execute I believe we give ourselves the ability to compete against both and see how things go. It will be a fun and interesting final two weekends for us, with a lot on the line. We consider ourselves really lucky and blessed to be in this position and hope we represent the school and our city well over the next four games,’ added women’s coach Katie Hamilton.

With home games coming to an end, you can catch your Thunderbirds on OUA TV for the remainder of the season!

Source: Algoma Thunderbirds Athletics


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