Menís Basketball plays strong but falls to Lethbridge in fourth

Posted: February 12, 2016

On Friday evening men’s basketball hosted the Lethbridge Kodiaks in the Hangar to start off their last home weekend of the season. This weekend Briercrest also hosts the huge youth conference called Youth Quake bringing over 1000 kids to campus and hundreds out to watch the games.

The game was off to a quick start in Briercrest’s favour with Julian Apakoh scoring the first basket seven seconds into the game. Briercrest then increased their lead after making key offensive and defensive plays. Lethbridge worked hard to tie it up and eventually took the lead. Briercrest responded well to this by working hard and retaking the lead. Briercrest kept the lead till the end giving them a score of 25-23.

Lethbridge came into the second quarter ready, resulting in them taking the lead again. Lethbridge continued to add to their lead causing pressure to be put on Briercrest. Apakoh then dunked it causing the fans and team to get pumped up. Later on Zak Tamlin got fouled on a three-pointer but still made the shot getting the crowd going once again. To get the gymnasium even more excited he also sunk his free throw giving him a four-point play. Briercrest continued to capitalize on their fouls by making their shots even while being fouled, and then making their free throws. Those key offensive plays allowed Briercrest to take the lead all the way to the end of the quarter giving them a score of 51-48.

The second half of the game started off with both teams battling back-and-forth for the lead. Briercrest continued to show perseverance and battled hard throughout the quarter. Briercrest was able to stay close to Lethbridge’s score by making nine rebounds and two steals. The quarter ended with a score of 68-67 for Lethbridge.

The final quarter started off with Ethan DaSilva making a key rebound off of Zak Tamlin’s steal from a Lethbridge player. Sylvan Lombo followed that up with a three-pointer getting the team pumped. This allowed Briercrest to take a small lead. Lethbridge responded well though and retook the lead causing Briercrest to call timeout. Briercrest wasn’t able to close gap and regain the lead giving them a final score of 98-89 for Lethbridge.

Zak Tamlin was awarded Player of the Game by Briercrest 2016-17 Student Body President, Nathan Archer. Tamlin had one steal, six assists, eight rebounds, a team high of 25 points and a game high of four three-pointers. Ethan DaSilva had team highs of three steals and nine rebounds along with a game high of nine assists.

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