Niagara bounces back in KW with a 103-96 win
Written by: Zach Dadson
The Niagara River Lions bounced back from a Friday night loss and defeated the KW Titans 103-96 on the road in Kitchener.
It was a slow start for the River Lions and, for the second night in a row, the team was limited to less than 20 points in the first quarter.
Both teams found their scoring touch in the second quarter however and were tied 44-44 at the half.
Unlike Friday night where the River Lions allowed the opposing team to dominate the third quarter, Niagara outscored KW 31-22 in the frame and used the nine-point lead to fend off any KW comeback in the fourth.
Jaylon Tate who had missed Friday night’s game with an injury was back in the line-up for the River Lions on Saturday and led Niagara’s offense with 25 points, 14 assists and six rebounds.
Carl Hall, in his second game since returning to the River Lions after a midseason absence, went 11-15 from the field and added 24 points and four rebounds.
All five starters scored in double digits for the River Lions with Marvelle Waithe and Connor Wood each contributing 12 points and Guillaume Payen Boucard scoring 10.
The Titans were led by Derek Hall who scored 29 points and collected an impressive 21 rebounds for the home team but it wasn’t enough as the River Lions get back in the win column and give themselves a chance to go 2-1 on their difficult three game weekend.
Niagara returns to the Meridian Centre at 2:00pm on Sunday January 21 when they take on the St. John’s Storm in a rematch of Friday night’s thrilling last second defeat.