Strong Team Effort Results in Largest River Lions Win
January 16, 2016
Niagara River Lions Media
Written by: Zach Dadson
The Niagara River Lions submitted a dominant performance on Saturday, January 16, defeating the Island Storm 105-87 on the road in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
The 18-point win was the largest of the season for the River Lions, who also got their first win on the road Saturday night. With the win, the team improves to 1-4 away from the Meridian Centre this season.
After trailing 27-24 at the end of the first quarter, the River Lions took control of the game in the second and third quarters, outscoring the Storm 53-34 in those two frames.
Limiting turnovers has been a point of emphasis for the Niagara River Lions throughout the early part of this season. While the team turned the ball over 21 times, they limited the Storm to only 14 points off those turnovers, a substantial improvement for the team.
Logan Stutz led all scorers with 26 points on 9-15 shooting. Stutz was a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line, a remarkable performance for Stutz who is shooting 68.3% from the line this season. Stutz also collected 8 rebounds and 1 assist throughout the contest.
Sammy Zeglinski nearly notched a triple-double against his former team on Saturday, scoring 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Zeglinski had a particularly strong second half, scoring 12 of his 15 points in the final two quarters.
Adam Blazek was on fire from beyond the 3-point line throughout the night, going 5-7 from beyond the arc on his way to scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Marcus Lewis, who saw the most minutes off the bench on Thursday night against the London Lightning, moved into the starting line up on Saturday night where he scored 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists. The athletic Lewis has been a strong asset for the River Lions in their recent stretch of games and was rewarded by Coach Murray for his performance with the start at small forward.
Mike Allison has been steadily playing a bigger and bigger role for the River Lions as the season has gone on and broke through tonight notching 14 points off the bench and collecting 10 rebounds. Allison was an efficient shooter against the Storm going 5-7 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line.
The River Lions outrebounded the Island Storm on Saturday night and held the Storm to only 17 second chance points. Failing to collect rebounds and allowing second chance points had been an issue for the River Lions early in the season but the team now leads the league with 51 rebounds per game and tallied 54 against the Storm, the second ranked rebounding team.
The Niagara River Lions now travel to Saint John, New Brunswick, where they will take on the Saint John Mill Rats (3-5) on Sunday, January 17 at 3:00pm local time (2:00pm EST). A win on Sunday afternoon would put the River Lions at 2-2 on their four game road trip and give the team a 2-0 sweep of their first trip to the Atlantic Division.