The Ooks basketball teams shone at home with two four wins against the King’s University Eagles this weekend. The ladies thrashed the last place Eagles 94-30 and 88-46 while the guys edged out a tough King’s squad 83-77 and 90-77. Both NAIT basketball teams improve to 8-2 and both remain at second place in the North.
The lady Ooks took control early in the first two quarters on the first night with an explosive 43-17 lead. Player of the game Leah Vandenboogard scored a season high 14 points and had two assists while teammate quick leader Torey Hill finished the game off with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. On Saturday, Shea-lynn Noyes dropped 17 points with seven steals as first year Malesha Petterson garnered player of the game with 11 points, four steals and three assists. Every player on the Ook’s roster recorded points in the wins.
“It was fun playing these blowout games. It gives us a chance to practise both our offence and defence. We don’t take it easy on any teams regardless the lead,” said Chawncy Mclennan, who led the Ooks with 19 points and seven rebounds on Thursday night.
The weekend was a battle for the men against the well-coached cross-town rivals from King’s. Friday was a hard-fought game but the squad did not let the home crowd down. Again, Jackson Jacob was named player of the game on Thursday night as he posted 29 points, six rebounds and two assists in which 25 of his 29 points came in the second half. Fifth-year forward Seb Cava contributed 21 points and five rebounds to help lead the squad. The Eagles’ fans did not make it easy for each of the NAIT players on the court but the Ooks did not let that affect their performance as they controlled the game with determination.
On Saturday night, the Ooks posted a 13-point lead heading into the halftime break with a score of 49-36. The turning point of the game was “action” Jackson Jacob getting a steal and dunking, firing up his teammates and making the crowd go wild. Halfway through the third quarter, the Ooks extended the lead by 26 points. The King’s Eagles did not give up, but this night would see the Ooks control the second half and secure the win. Fifth year co-captain Connor Dolson returned from a separated shoulder to win player of the game, as he contributed 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists in his home debut. Fifth year co-captain Troy Barnes did not play Saturday night, as he was out for a minor foot injury but is expected to return to play this weekend.
The Ooks now move on to play their rivals, the Concordia Thunder, tomorrow night. Tip off for the women is at 6 p.m. at the NAIT gym and again in Concordia on Saturday. The men are in action at 8 p.m. both days.