Vees, Voyageurs look to bounce back at home

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Feb 17, 2012 - 9:41 AM |
The Laurentian Lady Vees and Voyageurs basketball teams will play their final games in the regular season this weekend at home. File photo.

The Laurentian Lady Vees and Voyageurs basketball teams will play their final games in the regular season this weekend at home. File photo.

After being on the road for the last three weeks, the Voyageurs and Lady Vees are coming back home this weekend to wrap up the season against RMC and Queens.

The Lady Vees are looking to end the season on a high note and snap their current seven-game losing streak. The Voyageurs on the other hand are jockeying for playoff position, currently tied with the University of Toronto for fourth in the OUA East. It has already been determined these two sides will square off in the playoffs but the matter of home court advantage is at stake this weekend.

The Voyageurs, who seemed to be peaking late in the season just in time for playoffs have stumbled somewhat, losing three of their last four. The men have been streaky all year long, starting off the season very slow, only to go on a six-game winning streak to bring themselves right back into the thick of things, a press release stated.

This weekend should be seen as a bright spot for the Voyageurs, however, as Queen's and RMC head to town — by far the two weakest teams in the OUA East, the release stated. RMC remains winless on the year while Queen's has won just twice.

Manny Pasquale has been an offensive presence all season long and looks to continue his excellent play this weekend leading the OUA and CIS with 25.15 PPG. The Voyageurs will also be depending on the play of rookie Alex Ratte. Ratte has been averaging 15.29 points per game in his rookie campaign and has been a key component to the Voyageurs success this year.

The Voyageurs' first game tips off at 8 p.m. tonight (Feb. 17) against RMC, followed by the Queen's Gaels at the same time on Saturday.

The Lady Vees will be looking to end what has been a dismal season on a high note this weekend as they return home to square off against RMC and the Queen's Gaels as well. The Lady Vees have struggled offensively all season long. Starting off slow has been the biggest issue — constantly digging themselves into a hole they can't get out of, the press release stated.

Although it has been a season to forget, starting off the last home stand of the year against RMC may be just what the Lady Vees need. Earlier this year on the road, the Lady Vees easily handled the Paladins, running away with a 20-point victory.

The Lady Vees will be looking for strong showings by team leaders Emma Decloe and Erin Simpson this weekend, consistently being atop the team's scoring charts. The Vees tip off at 6 p.m. on Friday against the Paladins and follow up that game against the Queen's Gaels to cap of the season, same time on Saturday.

Posted by Laurel Myers

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