The Laurier Golden Hawks men’s basketball team may play in the OUA, but that didn’t scare the Fanshawe Falcons.
In fact, it was totally irrelevant.
The Falcons blew the Golden Hawks out of the gym with an 83-53 victory. Fanshawe was faster on offense, stronger on defense, and destroyed the Golden Hawks in transition. Chauvan Miller-Bennett was lights out from downtown, and Falcons head coach Tony Marcotullio knows how important his third-year guard is to the Falcons attack.
“He’s one of the best shooters out there. You can’t leave him open, he’s that good of a shooter. That opens it up for everybody else. We’ve got five or six guys that can put the ball in the net. We’re a hard team to defend.”
Marcotullio says that winning in the preseason isn’t important, as long as his team is playing well. As for beating an OUA team, that doesn’t matter too much, either.
“That’s not the important thing. We just want to play at their level. We’re just appreciate that they come and play us because not many universities will come and do that. The true meaning of competition is knowing where you stand. You want your competitors to play as hard as they can and after that you can say, ‘Okay, this is what I have to do to improve.’ But too often teams or coaches, all they care about is results. But you can’t look at results. It’s a long journey, it’s a long road.”
Marcotullio says his post defense was on point and that the one thing he is looking to see more than anything else this preseason is his team’s ball control and making sure they pass the ball well. The Falcons are in action again October 8th at Centennial College.