The Lambton Lions women's and men's varsity basketball teams hosted the Niagara Knights this weekend in the second last set of games ever in our current gymnasium.
In the women's game, the Knights defeated Lambton 76-49. It was a close game in the early going as Lambton led 19-18 after one but Niagara's shooting caught fire in the second quarter. The Knights put up 26 points in the second frame and took the lead at the half by a score of 44-23.
Madisyn Campbell scored 19 points for the Lions to go along with six boards and three steals. Ashleigh Pettit was the other Lambton player in double digits with 12 points as she also pulled down nine rebounds. Scoring was rounded out by Sam Brimmer with eight, Sarah Bate six, Melissa Dally two and Sara Passenier two.
The Lions finish up their home schedule with a Saturday, February 17th game against the Fanshawe Falcons. Tip off for the game is 2pm. We welcome back all Lambton alumni to the game as there will also be a reception to follow in the Lions' Den.
On the men's side, the Lions fell 81-79 to the Niagara Knights as a buzzer beater dropped for the visitors at the end of regulation. The game was expected to be close with both squads battling in the top half of the OCAA West table.
Branden Padgett led the Lions with 32 points and eight rebounds. Jaquan Barrett-Smith had 14, Jason Marshell 10, Jason Watts 10, Tyvel Peters four, Keith Laryea three, Dwayne Lambert-Cadore two, Xavian Edwards two, and Journee Joseph two to round out the scoring for Lambton.
Lambton led by two at the half before Niagara inched ahead for most of the third and fourth quarter. Padgett went to the line and sunk two free throws with just seconds left to take a one point lead.
The Lions return to action on Saturday, February 17th at 4pm against the Fanshawe Falcons. All former players, family and friends are invited out to the game with a reception in the Lions' Den to follow.