After starting the season with a record of 7-3, the men’s Thunder team basketball ultimately fell to the Seneca Sting 90-52 Friday night in front of its home crowd.
Although the final score was lopsided for the Sting, the Thunder stuck around for the first quarter before Seneca noticeably took over. Even after a close but messy first quarter, the Thunder found themselves down by only one with a score of 15-14.
They ended up trailing Seneca 41-27 at the half, 71-42 after the third quarter and lost 90-52 after the final buzzer sounded.
Assistant coach Jim Langis, who was filling in for head coach Trevor Costello, said that the team was simply not ready this game against Seneca.
“We weren’t ready to play today for whatever reason.”
The last time Algonquin played Seneca, the defending national champions, they beat them in their own barn 82-72 on Nov. 30.
“It was a bit disappointing to see that we didn’t come out with the same intensity, and it started at the defensive end. We allowed too many easy baskets,” said Langis.
Even after holding on for the first bit, Langis believes it was ultimately because Seneca was having troubles as well and not because the Thunder were playing to the best of their abilities.
“It was a little sloppy early by both teams. They picked up their game but we didn’t pick up our game. So it was kind of sloppy early but it was still close, but it wasn’t so much that we were playing great, it was because they didn’t play well either.”