Basketball Knights thwarted by Falcons

niagara_college_knightsNiagara Knights men’s and women’s basketball teams came away from London’s Fanshawe College empty handed, losing both games of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association twin-bill Thursday (Feb. 4).

The fifth place West Division Knights women fell 68-45, while the fourth place men were victimized 104-97 by the Falcons.

In the women’s game, Niagara got off to a slow start, scoring just 15 total in the game’s first half against the third place Falcons. Brooke-Lyn Murdoch (Welland) led the Knights with 13 points in the contest. Emily Naccarato (St. Catharines) also reached double digits, adding 10 points of her own.

It will be tough sledding for the Knights remaining three game. Niagara will now have a nine day break before they head West to visit the St. Clair Saints (9-4, 4th OCAA West) and Lambton Lions (6-7, 6th OCAA West) Feb. 13-14. The Knights will return home for their final regular season game Feb. 19 against the undefeated Humber Hawks (15-0, 1st OCAA West).

The Knights are hosting the 2016 OCAA Women’s Basketball Championship March 3-5, at the Welland Campus Athletic Centre. Visit for tournament details.

The Knights men’s basketball team (10-5, 4th OCAA West) was unable to contain a sharpshooting Falcons (2-13, 9th OCAA West) team in their 104-97 defeat.

The Knights jumped out to an early seven point lead in the first quarter, but were unable to maintain throughout the contest. Fanshawe’s offence shot a blistering 61.9% from the field and 90% from the charity stripe, eclipsing the 100-point plateau for the first time this season.

Three Falcons players reached 20 points in the contest.

Four Knights players scored in double digits, including Marako Lundy (Nassau, Bahamas) who led the way with 19 points. Lequan Hylton (Mississauga) and Delroy Grandison (Kingston, Jamaica) each contributed 18 points, while Jonathan Mataya (Welland) rounded out the leading scorers with 14 points.

Niagara has a nine day break before a weekend trip takes them to the Western end of the province to visit the St. Clair Saints (5-8, 6th OCAA West) and Lambton Lions (8-5, 5th OCAA West) on Feb. 13-14. The Knights will welcome the Humber Hawks (12-3, 3rd OCAA West) to the Welland Campus Athletic Centre on Feb.19 to close out the regular season.

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