The NAIT Ooks men’s basketball team is just starting to heat up, and that should be a scary thought for their upcoming opponents. The guys took on Lakeland College this weekend as they had a set of home and away games against the Rustlers on Friday and Saturday night.
The game went just the way head coach Mike Connolly envisioned, as the guys walked away with a sweet 111-48 victory. It was a total team effort from the Ooks as they got contributions from both starters and bench players. Alvin Parker led the way for the Ooks as he had 14 points, nine assists and six rebounds, while going just under 50 per cent from the floor. Adrien Curtis would help supply a spark for the offence with 13 points and seven assists, while throwing down a couple highlight reel slam dunks. The Ooks led the way from the get-go and the win was never in doubt. The team executed their offence on point and played solid defense holding the Eagles to 22 per cent from the floor. Wyatt Beaver would come off the bench and supply an all around effort with seven points, four assists and four rebounds.
Saturday night was a different story as the Ooks went on the road to battle the Rustlers once again. Things were much closer than the guys would have liked, but they walked out with a 78-72 win and 6-0 record, good enough for 1st place in the ACAC. After leading for the first three quarters, the Ooks slowly let Lakeland back in the game. Giving up a string of baskets with no answer of their own, they would have to hold on tightly to their diminishing lead. On the back of a big 29 point, 9 rebound performance from Donny Moss, the team was able to hold off the Rustlers and take sole possession of first place. Alvin Parker would help fascilitate the offence chipping in a solid game with 18 points in 29 minutes of playing time., while Chris Mooney was able to come off the bench and provide depth with five points, five rebounds and two assists, while going 100 per cent from the three point line.
“We had a good team effort Saturday night with everyone stepping up and contributing in positive ways” said Head Coach Mike Connolly. “We still have a lot of ways to go with our defense and our general team chemistry, but we have a good group of guys who are improving every day they are together”.
This weekend saw the return of third year guard Chris Mooney, as well as 4th year guard Troy Barns as they were both out with ankle and groin injuries, respectively. The Ooks are back in regular season action on Friday night as they take on Kings College on the road at 8’ o clock.