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Lambton College Men's Basketball New Year's Champions

january 5, 2015

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FRONT L-R: Richard Marcano, Jaason Heron, Nic Higgins, Jeff Asiamah, Russ Fox, Jason Marshell, Trey Langford, Branden Padgett

BACK L-R: Coach Dave Elsley, Frank Benneh, Jordane Tello, Joel Wilson, Shawn Hill, Ben Pierce, Mike Lucier, Joe De Boer, Coach James Grant

The #8 ranked Lambton College Men’s Varsity Basketball Team are Champions of the New Year's Classic Tournament after a 94-74 win over the Loyalist Lancers in Belleville this past weekend.

The Lions were led by Tournament MVP Mike Lucier (Forest, ON) who scored 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the Gold Medal Game. Branden Padgett (China MI), the Tournament leading scorer, put up 27 points while Tournament All-Star Jason Marshell (New Baltimore, MI) had 18. Jordane Tello (Hamilton, ON) continued his strong play by contributing 11 points and 8 rebounds. Scoring was rounded out by Frank Benneh (Windsor, ON) and Trey Langford (London, ON) with four apiece.

“It was a very good weekend for our team in terms of not only success on the scoreboard, but also coming together as a group on and off the court,” says Coach James Grant. “We added a couple guys who we are expecting to provide instant impact and they fit in a lot quicker than we imagined. It was a game changer for us in terms of keeping guys fresh late into games. Obviously on an individual player basis we saw some great performances as well. Lucier was dominant and has been working the hardest he ever has. Padgett was really showing his skill level and was making really intelligent decisions all weekend. Marshell was shooting the ball really well. On top of that we had Tello come back from the break looking healthy and really showing us some new things that we needed to see. Now it’s time to get to work on preparing for the St. Clair match up here at home on January 16th.”

The Lions worked their way to the final by beating Collegial Nouvelles Frontieres from Gatineau, QC by a score of 95-56 and Algonquin College from Ottawa 67-51.

Padgett led the Lions with 32 points against Nouvelles Frontieres. High school teammate Marshell had 23. Lucier scored 12, Benneh had six points with Langford also scoring six. Newcomer Jeff Asiamah (Yonkers, NY) scored his first five points as a Lion while grabbing four boards. Rounding out the scoring was Tello with four points and 8 rebounds, Nick Higgins (Trenton, ON) with three, Ben Pierce (Sarnia, ON) with two, and Jason Heron (Toronto, ON) and Joel Wilson (Amherstburg, ON) each hitting a free throw apiece.

Against Algonquin, the Lions outlasted the Thunder in a tough battle against Ontario’s #1 defence.  Lucier led the Lions with 22 points, 17 rebounds, five blocks, five steals and three assists. Padgett also scored 22 with Tello putting in nine, Marshell six, Heron six, and Benneh two.

Lambton hosts St. Clair in their next OCAA West league game on January 16th at 8pm. They then travel to London on January 18th to face the Fanshawe Falcons at Budweiser Gardens prior to the National Basketball League of Canada game between London and Mississauga.






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