(London, Ontario) – The Fanshawe Men's Basketball squad (5-2) continued their strong play on Wednesday evening at the Glenn Johnston Athletic Centre. The Falcons defeated West Division rival, the Lambton Lions 96-90 to record their fourth straight win.
The Lions would start the game strong, taking an early 12-7 lead on the home team. Fanshawe clawed their way back with made shots from beyond the arc from local guards Marko Maletic and Carter Hawthornthwaite. A steal from Hawthornthwaite set up Adrian Stevens (Toronto, ON) for a transition triple to put the Falcons up 23-16 at the end of the first quarter.
Fanshawe extended their lead on a put back from Mason Middaugh (London, ON) in the second frame. A strong post move from senior Alfred Johnson (London, ON) continued the scoring for the red and white. Lambton then made an offensive push to keep themselves in the game, scoring fast break points to cut the Falcons lead to 48-43 at half time.
In the third quarter, the teams traded buckets. A strong take to the rim from D'Andre Austin (Toronto, ON) and an and-one from Hanani Ujullu (Kitchener, ON) generated points for the Falcons. Unfortunately, turnovers resulted in points for Lambton, as the Lions would go up 72-68 after the third frame.
Ujullu was a force under the basket in the fourth quarter, grabbing rebounds to give Fanshawe second chances. A deep three from Maletic got the crowd on their feet, as the Falcons regained a four point lead with two minutes remaining. A drive from John Akende (Toronto, ON), followed by huge blocks from Johnson and Ujullu solidified the Fanshawe victory, 96-90. Ujullu finished with a game-high 22 points, while teammates Johnson and Maletic added 20 and 19 respectively. Maletic is currently third in the OCAA in points per game, averaging 23.3, while Johnson sits second in the league in rebounds per game with 11.6.
Fanshawe will now travel to Hamilton to play the Mohawk Mountaineers (2-3) on Saturday, November 16.