The Brock Badgers men’s basketball team wrapped up the preseason schedule with two wins in the Nike Classic, hosted by Brock. The combination of Ryan Dudley and Kevin Stienstra combined for 77 of Brock’s 161 points. The two victories over Bishop’s University and Winnipeg provided the final tune-ups for Brock before heading into the conference schedule, which kicks off this Friday night against Queens. Friday night the Badgers scrapped and clawed one out against Bishop’s 64-55. Bishop’s continually pounded the ball inside to centre Phil Miguel who kept the game close with a game-high 18 points. Offensively the Badgers did the same with Stienstra working down low for 13 points and Dudley finding the basket for 16. Stienstra also pulled down 11 boards, five on the offensive end allowing the Badgers the second chance opportunities.
Badgers forward Jeff Dunning, provided an energetic surge off the bench. Dunning was flying around on the court accounting for nine points and five boards in relief of starter Morgan Fairweather who struggled to find his rhythm. Point guard James Quadrizius contributed eight points, along with a season high eight assists.
The win was a far cry from the next day’s offensive outpouring – a 97-92 win over the Winnipeg Wesmen.
Five Brock players scored double figures, led by Dudley’s 27, the second highest point total thus far.
Dudley’s outstanding two game performances, the fifth-year phenom was named Nike Classic Most Valuable Player.
The game was close throughout with the lead changing hands 13 times. Winnipeg guard Aldin Smalling was unstoppable by almost single handedly carrying his squad to victory with 36 points. Smalling caught fire in the second half dropping in floaters over Stienstra and hitting pull-up threes. But in the end Brock pulled ahead as Dudley and Stienstra made their throws. Stienstra recorded his fifth double-double of the season with a season high 16 boards.
Brock shot 48.4 per cent from the field, connecting on 14-of-26 in the second half, which coincided perfectly with Smalling’s hot streak. Fairweather came off the bench to score 13 while draining 2 of 3 from behind the arc. On the season he has hit 8 of 18, while coming off the bench in four of the seven games.