With a quick start during November, the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College men’s Thunder Basketball team is currently undefeated with a 3-0 record.
On Thursday night, November 9, the Thunder Men’s Basketball team opened their 2016-2017 season at home in front of a solid crowd of Thunder fans and cruised to a healthy 98-52 victory over University of Wisconsin-Superior-Barron County. Thunder scoring leaders on the night were Dillon Johnson with 19 points, Gary Brooks with 14 points, and DaQuan Braxton with 13 points.
Head Coach Damien Paulson has his Men’s Thunder Basketball team looking quick, well-conditioned, and focused after the first three games of the men’s 25-game regular season.
“It’s a great start for us, this group has quickly developed great chemistry. We have a good mix of size, quickness, and depth,” said Paulson about his squad that includes six sophomores and six freshman.
On Saturday afternoon, November 12, the Thunder men’s and women’s teams were back in action at home against Leech Lake Tribal College. The Thunder women squared off first against Leech Lake Tribal College, falling short in their season opener 64-52. Faryn Dupuis led the Thunder scoring with 20 points, Kayla Jackson scored 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, and Tia Moore added 11 points with 18 rebounds.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Thunder Men’s Basketball team defeated Leech Lake Tribal College 102-65 to earn their second victory of the season. Jordan Diver led the Thunder scoring with 24 points, DaQuan Braxton scored 17 points, and Darius Williams added 15 points in the win.
The Thunder’s next games were set to be in the Mesabi Range Classic Tournament on Friday, November 18, but the first winter storm of the season caused a cancellation.
On Saturday, November 19, the Thunder Men’s Basketball team defeated the University of Wisconsin-Superior JV 89-75 in the Mesabi Range Classic Tournament. Darius Williams led the Thunder with 24 points, and Gary Brooks added 21 points in the win that moved the Thunder to 3-0 on the season. The Thunder Women’s team did not play their scheduled game on Day Two of the Mesabi Range Classic.
The Thunder Basketball teams travel to Ironwood, Michigan, on November 30, to play at Gogebic Community College. The Thunder’s next home doubleheader is on Friday, December 2, against Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Tip-off for the women is 5:45 p.m. and tip-off for the men is 7:45 p.m. Both teams turnaround quickly with another pair of games against Riverland Community College on Saturday, December 3, at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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