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Lambton College Lions Men's Basketball are the OCAA Team of the Week

january 22, 2015


The #6 Lambton College Lions Men's basketball team are the OCAA Team of the Week after a pair of thrilling and meaningful victories in the past seven days. The Ontario College Athletic Association broke the news to the squad late Tuesday night.

 

“The team is ecstatic to be recognized as a unit,” says Lambton Head Coach James Grant. “As Coach Elsley reiterates in practice, we have a team of individuals who were all stars on their high school teams. It’s not the easiest thing to bring pieces together and have them gel. The players began to realize this pretty early on and have done a great job growing together on the court. We have a couple of great wins this week and the credit goes to our players. The executed well. They moved the ball. They trusted each other. They played their game. It was fun to be a part of and to have them recognized is wonderful”

 

Lambton started things off at home Friday with a thrilling come from behind 83-79 win against their arch rivals from St. Clair (Windsor, ON).  Shawn Hill played his best game of the season in helping the Lions erase a 16 point third quarter deficit as he scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half. Branden Padgett continued his great play with 21 points and eight rebounds while Mike Lucier contributed another double-double – 16 points and 17 rebounds. Jason Marshell and Trey Langford put up seven points and three rebounds each while Jordane Tello had five and Jeff Asiamah three.

 

The win moved Lambton to 6-4 on the season in the nation’s top division while St. Clair fell to 4-6. But, the tougher test awaited the Lions two days later in London.

 

The country’s 7th ranked men’s basketball team, the Fanshawe Falcons, awaited Lambton at Budweiser Gardens as the pair squad off before the National Basketball League of Canada game between London and Mississauga. Fanshawe was also set to unveil their new athletics logo. Lambton spoiled the party.

 

“We were heading into the game knowing that we were facing a great opportunity,” says Grant of his team’s current run. “We were on a seven game winning streak, facing a nationally ranked opponent in a professional setting. We had nothing to lose and everything to gain. This is all new for the program at Lambton. We knew we had a shot. We knew a win would get us closer to our playoff goals and our players performed like it was old hat.”

 

The Lions trailed 23-12 after the first quarter as Fanshawe was sending wave after wave of attackers in transition. But, the second quarter saw things change. Lambton was able to make strong defensive adjustments and took the lead for the first time with three seconds left in the half at 35-34.

 

The Lions would hold off the Falcons in the second half for a 74-66 win.

 

Lucier led Lambton with 19 points, 18 rebounds, four assists and a pair of blocks. Langford returned to haunt his former team by scoring 18 and grabbing seven boards. Hill had his second strong game of the week with 13 points and nine rebounds while Marshell scored 12. Padgett, who had four fouls in the first half thanks to an ill-advised technical somehow lasted the entire game putting up seven points and seven board. Scoring was rounded out by Asiamah with three and Tello two.

 

Lambton takes the court this Saturday against Canada’s #9 ranked team, the Mohawk Mountaineers. Tip-off is set for 3pm at the College.

 

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