Redeemer Royals split two-sport twin bill

The Lambton Lions made the trip from Sarnia Wednesday night to battle the Royals in a unique doubleheader that saw the women’s volleyball game followed by the men’s basketball game. Lambton does not currently have a men’s volleyball team or women’s basketball team so their women’s volleyball team and men’s basketball teams travel together for Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play.

The women took the court for their usual 6 p.m. start and needed just 62 minutes to sweep the Lions 3-0. Game results were 25-11, 25-11, 25-18. This was the Royals fourth win of the early season and puts their record at 4-2. The Lady Royals currently sit tied for third in the West division with losses only to Mohawk and Fanshawe, both ranked higher than the Royals.

The offense for the Royals was spread out well with Erika Straatsma grabbing 12 offensive points while Andrea Tiel and Ashley Muller each picked up seven. The defense ran smoothly with the help of Kendall Straatsma who led the team with eight digs. The Lions had difficulty generating offense and were held to just 14 points. Sara Williams had a team high four points.

The Lady Royals are idle till next weekend when they travel to North Bay for back-to-back games against Canadore and the high powered Nippissing Lakers.

The men’s basketball team held there own against the 2-2 Lambton Lions. A lapse in concentration to end the first half and to start the second half ended up costing the Royals in what was otherwise a great game played by the men. The Royals led by as much as 12 points at one point but the final score saw Lambton improve its record with an 85-76 win.

Dhimitri Luarasi returned from injury for the Royals and made an immediate impact with his first double-double of the season putting up 15 points and grabbing 10 boards. Benn Ibrahim also had a monster game for Redeemer with a double-double on 22 points and 15 rebounds. Navanga Burke and Nathan Vanderveen each hit double digits as did Burke, 14 points, and Vanderveen, 11.

Victor Mcginnis had 23 points for the Lions.

Both Redeemer’s basketball teams are in action again next Tuesday in their third home games of the season against Sheridan College. The Bruins women’s basketball team is currently ranked eighth in the country. The men’s team sits with a 1-2 record in the OCAA. Game times are 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.