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Falcons show their basketball dominance

Rozin Abbas | Interrobang | Sports | February 9th, 2009



The women graced the courts during practice with a cool demeanor, big smiles, and postures that were almost too relaxed.

Friday night marked the women's last home game for the rest of the season. Redemption surely existed after a nine-point loss to St. Claire on January 21. And sure enough, the female Falcons redeemed themselves.

The lady Falcons disposed of the Algoma Thunderbirds 76-47 handing Algoma their third worst lost in the season. Stephanie Kaspryzk led the way with a double-double by scoring a game high 20 points and snatching 10 rebounds.

The Falcons played a game of defensive dominance starting and ending the game with a full-court man-to-man defense causing the Thunderbirds to commit a number of turnovers in Fanshawe's territory.

The hustle presented was too much for the Thunderbirds, as the Falcons displayed incredible cardio and continually hounded Algoma giving them little or no room to breathe. Pressure was the name of the game and early foul trouble would not stop the Falcons tantalizing defense.

The Falcons also displayed an offense in pure synchronization at times.

Allison Griffiths, who is currently ranked fifth provincially in assists and 16th in points, displayed excellent court vision by dishing eight assists and earned double-digit scoring with 11 points. Julia Wolynski bolstered the Falcons offense by contributing the second highest game total with 15 points.

The Falcons sights are on Humber next but vengeance brews when they meet the Sheridan Bruins on the seventh. The Bruins have established themselves as the most dominant team in the West division by going 10-0 and defeating every team by at least 15 points. If the Falcons win against the Bruins, Sheridan will have achieved their first loss of the season.

The men's basketball team added two notches to their winning belt moving them second in the West after a disappointing 91-88 loss to the Lambton Lions prior to these two games. The two wins consisted of a 61-35 victory over the Algoma Thunderbirds on January 30th and 88-41 triumph over the Sault Cougars.

Matt Fennell, who is currently ranked 19th in points per game provincially, had back-to-back double digits scoring 14 points against the Thunderbirds and 21 against the Cougars. Jordan Dixon led the way with 15 points against the Thunderbirds and Phil Ferreira contributed 10 points against the Cougars.

As the women are seeking revenge over the Bruins, so are the men over the Lions. On February 14, The Falcons and Lions will meet again for the last time this season at the men's final home game. The men will have to keep a close eye on Lambton standout David Akelatis as he torched the Falcons for 40 points in their last meeting.

The men have a large possibility of gaining the number one spot provincially if they can make it happen on the road against Humber, Sheridan, Niagara, and Mohawk in the upcoming weeks, as well as earning a victory over Lambton at home.
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