The Lambton Lions held their 8th Annual Blue & White Game this afternoon in the friendly confines of their old facility. Team Blue outlasted Team White 83-77 in a hard-fought battle that was tied in the final minute of play before a Jude Saint-Vaudre three broke the deadlock.
Team Blue was led by second year Guard Journee Joseph (pictured scoring) who scored 27 points. "Journee has shown his progression as a player since the beginning of training camp," says Coach Grant. "There were times last year when he had really good stretches on both sides of the ball but nothing like what we are seeing now. He has definitely worked hard over the summer and it's showing on the court night in and night out."
Three other returning players also made their presence felt. Jason Watts scored 18, Dwayne Lambert-Cadore 13, and Shak Seymour 12.
"Dwayne has definitely jumped into the role as a team leader on the court," commented Grant on the second year point guard who racked up eight assists. "He took control down the stretch and made a couple of really nice plays that led to easy scores for his team. We want him to be the type of player who can get his teammates shots and he showed that today."
Rounding out the scoring for Team Blue were rookies Saint-Vaudre with seven and Denes Hegedus, Jaason Heron, Jaone Walters and Efosa Osaghae with two each.
Tyvell Peters led Team White with 19 points. Deiondre Reid and Keith Laryea each had 15.
Peters and Laryea were given the tough task of operating the game with five new faces around them and despite some early troubles, were able to have a chance to win in the closing minutes.
Others scoring for Team White were Deshaun Kelley and Kardon Edwards with 11, Damian Omorogbe four, Tyler Grevers two and Josh Harris two.
Lambton hits the court again on Wednesday as they travel to London for an exhibition match-up with Western University.
BLUE & WHITE GAME VIDEO LINK (FIRST QUARTER) :