Written by: Zach Dadson
The Niagara River Lions dropped their final road game in Ontario of the season 120-107 to the Windsor Express on Saturday March 2.
The River Lions return to the Meridian Centre on Friday March 9 for a special, sold out 11:00am School Day game and then play at home six more times before finishing the season in St. John’s Newfoundland against the Edge.
The River Lions finished the first quarter with a five-point lead over the Express, 32-27.
New River Lions Devonta Pollard and Kris Joseph led the way for Niagara in the first quarter, scoring 15 of the team’s 32 points.
Pollard continued to have the hot hand in the second quarter and went into halftime having scored 14 of his game high 19 points.
Pollard also led the River Lions with eight rebounds in 28 minutes.
Despite holding a 61-60 lead at halftime, the River Lions were outmatched offensively in the third quarter and allowed Windsor to take the lead heading into the fourth quarter, 93-88.
The game remained close early in the fourth quarter and the Express only led by four-points with seven minutes to go but Windsor finished the game strong and improved to 16-15 on the season.
Niagara’s record drops to 12-18 but will have ample opportunity to improve given that seven of their nine remaining games are in the Lions’ Den at the Meridian Centre.
Jaylon Tate went 4-9 from the field and scored 15 points while adding eight assists and five rebounds on Saturday night and Guillaume Payen Boucard and Kris Joseph both scored 14 points and collected seven rebounds.
Torrence Dyck, Niagara’s newest River Lion, scored 12 points off the bench and added five rebounds, four of them on the offensive glass.
Three members of the Windsor Express finished the matchup with 21 points, Demontre Harris, Braylon Rayson and former River Lion Omar Strong, who also had five rebounds and went 7-16 from the field.
Former River Lion, and league MVP, Logan Stutz finished the game 6-14 from the field with 15 points and six rebounds.
If the River Lions are able to turn their fortune around during their seven-game home stand in March, it may mean that Niagara is able to pass the Express in the standings and potentially finish the season in third place in the Central Division.