Varsity Roundup – Week 20
Thunder Basketball hosted games last weekend against the Redeemer Royals with the winner advancing on to the Provincial championship being contested later this week. The Royals came out aggressive against our women’s team, leading 18-15 after the first quarter. The Thunder turned on the jets after that, outscoring Redeemer by 9 in the second and 5 in the third. The Royals had a 5 point advantage in the final stanza, but it wasn’t enough to make up the gap, and the game finished as a 6 point Thunder win (80-74)! Amoney Abakar and Lauren Tebrake lit it up for the Thunder in this one, finishing with 29 and 21 points respectively. Amoney added 8 boards, 2 steals, and 2 blocks to her tally and Lauren finished with 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and a pair of blocks and steals. Nya Gathoth had 10 points to go along with 3 assists and 3 steals. Boxscore
Next Games: The Thunder will be competing at Provincials being hosted by the Seneca Sting. Their first game will take place at 6 PM on Thursday, March 2nd against the Fanshawe Falcons.
Men’s basketball also hosted Redeemer in a crossover match to determine who would continue on to the Provincial tournament. After being outscored by 6 in the first, Algonquin went on a run and had a 4 point lead after three quarters. Redeemer surged in the fourth, though, and the Thunder would fall to the Royals 87-75. Ameer El-Badry led the way for Algonquin, finishing with 16 points on 6/10 shooting, to go along with his 3 boards and 3 assists. Kristian Charette finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Zerious Loney added 13 points, 5 boards, and 3 assists off the bench. With that loss, the men wound down competition for the 2016-17 season. Boxscore
The women travelled to Windsor and St. Clair College last week to compete at the OCAA Championship Tournament. The women lost a tough first match against the host team that saw them moved over to the consolation pool. They won their first match there, against the Loyalist Lancers, before moving on to be defeated by the Fanshawe Falcons in the consolation final and wrapping up their season as the 6th place team in Ontario.
Their opening match against the Saints was a back-and-forth affair, with the teams trading wins throughout the match. They were also games of runs, with four of the five sets being decided by 6 points or more (19-25, 25-14, 10-25, 25-23, 9-15). Only the fourth set was closely contested, with the Thunder coming out two point winners. Bree Scheerhoorn was the top scorer for Algonquin in this one, finishing with 12 kills, 2 aces, and 3 blocks. Serah Rounds-Zavitz was next up, finishing with 7 kills. Brooke Sheldrick contributed 3 aces and 21 assists in the loss. Boxscore
Game 2, against the Loyalist Lancers, went more in the Thunder’s favour, with the team winning in four sets (25-23, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20). Bree once again led the way with 16 kills, 2 aces, and a block. Rylee Leger added 9 kills and 2 blocks, and Julianna Johnson had 7 kills, 2 aces, and a block in a win that would see them advance to the consolation final. Boxscore
The Thunder faced the Fanshawe Falcons in their third game, one that would see Algonquin fall in straight sets (25-13, 25-19, 25-20). The team never seemed to hit their stride in this one, still three players (Serah Rounds-Zavitz, Julianna and Bree) finished with 5 kills apiece. Boxscore
2016–17 THUNDER VARSITY SCHEDULES
The 2016–17 Thunder Varsity schedules have been updated and posted under their respective links.
For more details about the OCAA Regular Season schedules, please visit the OCAA webpage.
For more information regarding Varsity athletics, please contact Ian Campbell, Athletics Communication and Events.
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