It was the yearly trip to Windsor tonight for the Lambton College men's basketball team who looked to beat the St. Clair Saints on Senior Night in Windsor. The rivalry game didn't disappoint to provide fireworks as the Saints took a 43-39 lead at the half. The Lions stayed determined and rose to the challenge behind Jason Marshell's 1,000th career point to take home the 85-83 win. The result secured the Lions their second best regular season ever as they end 19-10 and 13-7 in OCAA West play.
Six Lambton players reached double-digits with Xavian Edwards leading the way on the defensive end, hauling down 14 boards to go with his 10 points. His fellow Motown forward Jason Watts also put up a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
There was a Motor City feel at guard as well with Branden Padgett and Jason Marshell each scoring 15.
The big story line was Marshell. Sitting at 985 points heading into his final career regular season game, the fifth year guard went 5-8 from three to become just the fifth Lion to join the 1,000 points club.
Rookie play was a huge part as well with Journee Joseph scoring 12, JQ Barrett-Smith ten , Bruno Pande four and six rebounds, Tyvel Peters two and Keith Laryea two.
Lambton shot 50% from the field and had 51 rebounds.
Lambton now travels to Centennial College on Sunday to face the Colts in the first round of post-season play.
On the women's side, the Saints defeated the Lions 71-37.
Lambton's defence was good early as they stifled St. Clair and forced some tough outside shots. The score after one was tight at 17-11.
The Saints were able to hit some shots in the second quarter as they pushed the lead from that point on despite another double-digit points performance from leading scorer Maddi Campbell who finished with 12.
Others scoring for the Lions were Sarah Bate with nine in her final OCAA game, Sara Passenior four, Daylin Galvin four, Sam Brimmer three, Jordi Pisiak three in her final game, and Maddi Basso two, also in her final game.
The Lions now turn their attention to next season where varsity basketball will be moving into our new facility!