The new look Lambton Lions men's basketball team hosted their annual tournament this past weekend in Sarnia. The Lions finished with a 2-1 record over the three days. "We had a very good weekend," says men's head coach James Grant. "We have a young team and the way they responded to each other and grew as a squad over the last three games was excellent. We were without standing freshmen Shawn Hill and Justin Zonneville all weekend due to injury, and then lost Andy Timmermans, Chris Hart and Marcus Hamilton to leg injuries over the course of things, but the rest of the guys really stepped up and worked hard despite the adversity. You couldn't have asked for anything more than the team."
The Lions defeated the Laurier Brantford Golden Hawks 72-53 on Friday night. Mike Lucier scored 23 points and has 11 boards in the win. Andy Timmermans chipped in with 15 points and 12 boards. Marcus Hamilton had 8, Chris Hart and Travis Tiggerlaar 6 each, Rob Hardick 4, Mike Girling and Russ Fox 3, Nedu Nwadiugwu 2 and Zac Lippiatt, Logan La Riviere and Gael Katanga 1 apiece.
On Saturday the Lions faced Redeemer University and came away with a nail biting 71-70 win. Lucier had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Hamilton scored 19, Tiggelaar 10, Hart and Girling 6, La Riviere 4, and Hardick 2. Hart, La Riviere, and Hardick combined for 22 rebounds.
While only missing three regulars through two games, the Lions lost both Hamilton and Hart to minor injuries. The decisions was made to leave the pair out as the Lions faced the other undefeated team, Rochester College. Rochester, the USCAA runners-up last season, took the exhibition matchup 90-46. The 11 Lions who did suit up played hard as 10 of the 11 rostered players hit the score sheet.
Lambton plays host to George Brown College this coming Saturday at 4:00 pm.