Saturday, February 11th saw the CCAA No. 4 ranked Niagara College men's basketball program improve to 12-2 with an 84-79 victory over the visiting Lambton Lions. The win secures the Knights an automatic entry into the eight-team OCAA Championship by way of a first round bye in the post-season.
The Knights appeared to have the game in complete control leading as many as 18 mid-way through the fourth quarter. A furious 19-2 run by the Lions closed the gap to just two points in the final 40 seconds. The Knights however maintained their composure forced a key turnover and eventually secured the hard fought home court win.
The Knights were again led by second year guard Van Hutchinson Jr. The six-foot-four native of Nassau, Bahamas stuffed the scoresheet to the tune of 18 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and five steals.
The Knights will face a tight turnaround as the team will host the St. Clair Saints (6-6) at 3:00pm on Sunday, February 12th. The two teams last met on November 11th in a game that saw the Knights walk away with the 90-82 victory. St. Clair is battling for the final playoff spot in the tight OCAA West division, and are coming off a recent 15 point victory over a strong Fanshawe Falcons team. Tip-off for Sunday's game is set for 3:00pm.
Sunday will also serve as the annual Knights Basketball "Grad Game," where graduating members of the Knights men's basketball program will be honoured centre court prior to tip-off. This year's graduating men's basketball players include Lamar Copeland, Lequan Hylton, Vicrum Kailey, Haroleon Lawrence, D.J. Morrison, and Payam Saboni.