The Lambton Lions defeated the Centennial Colts 87-79 in the Consolation Final of the David Stewart Tip-Off in Oshawa this weekend. Jason Watts, who was named to the tournament all-star team, scored 35 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead the Lions. The award is Watts' second all-star nod of the pre-season. Branden Padgett put up 20 points and had five assists in the win. Scoring was rounded out by Keith Laryea with 10, Jason Marshell nine, Xavian Edwards seven, Journee Joseph three, Jaquan Barrett-Smith two and Dwayne Lambert-Cadore one.
In order to get to Centennial the Lions found themselves in a Saturday morning tilt with their rivals from St. Clair. With the score tied after three quarters of play, Watts was dominant in the final frame, finishing with 27 points. Others on the scoresheet were Laryea with 16, Padgett 11, Barrett-Smith nine (including six clutch free throws down the stretch), Lambert-Cadore eight, Edwards and Marshell five each and Joseph four.
In the tournament's opening game against the host Durham Lords, Lambton came out of a close halftime and fell cold from the field, falling behind by 22 points in the fourth quarter. But, the team battled back, and with 37 seconds left found themselves within two points. The comeback fell a little short but showed great perseverance from the young group.
Congratulations to the Lambton College women's basketball team on picking up their first win of the year at the Georgian Fall Classic in Barrie this weekend. The Lions beat the Sault Cougars 57-45 on Saturday night which also marked the first victory for new women's coach Kendel Ross. Sara Bate led Lambton with 24 points. Also hitting the scoresheet were Madisyn Campbell with 11, Sara Passemer six, Jordi Pisiak and Daylin Galvin four apiece, Kelsey Grisenthwaith and Maddi Basso each with three, and Sam Brimmer with two.
The Lions fell earlier in the tournament to Mohawk and St. Lawrence. Campbell, Galvin and Bate all put up double digit scoring totals in those games.
The varsity soccer season came to a close on the weekend with the Redeemer Royals coming into Sarnia to face the Lions.
Lambton College 2
Redeemer University 0
Cassie Forte and Leslie Valdez scored for the Lions.
The women finish the season at 2-8-0.
Lambton College 0
Redeemer University 2
The men finish the season at 0-9-1.