On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Oakland’s men’s basketball team defeated the University of Windsor Lancers. The game was moved to Rochester Adams Highs School in preparation of the GOP Debate.
Even though the game was down the road at Rochester Adams, fans still managed to make it out and support they team.
“Our Grizz family did a great job supporting us,” said senior guard Reggie Hamilton. “We owe it to them and it we do it for them.”
The Grizzlies started the game with a lead of 5-0 before the Lancers came back with a three pointer to score their first points of the game.
Windsor then managed to grab the lead and prevented Oakland from scoring again in the first 5 minutes.
Oakland later caught up after a layup from Hamilton and a foul from Windsor. He then sunk the free throw he received from the penalty to tie the game.
Guard Laval Lucas-Perry then brought the team back into the lead with an offensive rebound followed by a three pointer. Oakland gave up the lead for a few plays but slowly regained it with a couple of defensive plays that prevented Windsor from controlling the ball and forced turnovers.
The Grizzlies separated their score with back-to-back three pointers from guards Blake Cushingberry and Lucas-Perry.
Later in the first half, with 4 minutes left to spare, Windsor started to come back with a couple of strong field goals and a huge three from Windsor’s Josh Collins bring the game to 37-26 with Oakland still in the lead.
A hard personal foul and a technical foul from Windsor’s Henock Araia helped add another four points to the Grizzlies lead after Hamilton and guard Travis Bader breaking the lead away even more.
Windsor gave up a total of nine turnovers in the first half, causing Oakland to breakaway and get 10 points from them.
Oakland only gave up four turnovers in the first half, but Windsor was able to get six points from the breakaways.
In the second half, Oakland managed to gain a consistent 26 point lead over the Lancers, preventing them to come back and earn a better score. Windsor gave up even more turnovers in the second half, giving away another ten points for the Grizzlies.
Oakland scored 50 points total in the second half, making the final score 98-67.
“This was just practice for us,” said head coach Greg Kampe. “They originally beat us two months ago, and now we can say that we have beat them.”
Hamilton had the most points of the game and scored at total of 24 points. He also managed to get 6 rebounds, the third highest of the game.
Oakland’s next home game against Utah Valley University is on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. in the O’Rena.