The Lambton College varsity men's basketball team recognized a number of individuals on Saturday prior to their last regular season OCAA home game. The game also marked the last varsity matchup to take place in the current gymnasium as a new facility opens it's doors in the fall. Among those honoured were two of the top players to ever wear a Lions uniform.
Jason Marshell and Branden Padgett have been fixtures of the Lambton College men's basketball team for a total of nine seasons between them. They have both been an integral part of the program's rise to a competitive level in the tough OCAA West.
Marshell, a graduate of Anchor Bay High School in Michigan, was a captain and starting guard on the 2016 OCAA Bronze Medal winning team. His current total of 985 career points, with one game to play, sees him sit 5th all time in Lions scoring. He will end his career with the most three pointers in Lambton College history.
Padgett, also an Anchor Bay grad, is a perennial OCAA all-star who has led Lambton in scoring in each of his four years at the College. He is the all-time leading scorer in Lions history with 1,583 points while also holding down top spot in steals and assists. He started at guard for the team as it won the 2016 OCAA Bronze Medal.
Jason and Branden, thank you for all that you've done for the men's basketball program at Lambton College!
Three other men were also honoured for their contribution to men's basketball and athletics as a whole.
Former Athletic Director Dave Gotts, former Head Coach Steve Pepper and former Head Coach Barry Howson were each remembered for their contributions. John Faragher presented the three with a piece of the original gym floor which was replaced this season.
Gotts began his tenure at Lambton in 1981, when he was hired on as the athletic director, and served in a number of athletic and administrative roles until his retirement in 2014.
Pepper was the Head Coach of the Lions for 12 seasons from 1995-2008 and guided the program to a pair of provincial championship appearances.
Howson was the first ever Head Coach in program history as he joined the Lions in 1974. Current coaches James Grant and Keith Concisom each played for Howson during his long career at St. Patrick's High School as well.
Graduating Players Presentation Photoalbum - HERE
Gotts, Pepper & Howson Presentation Photoalbum - HERE
Video of the Graduation Presentation - HERE