After losing in St. Mary's home gym earlier in the year, the Lions were looking to both avenge this loss as well as keep their home winning streak alive.
While the Lions fought hard, they were not able to do either tonight, as the St. Mary's Lightning ran away late with a 77-69 win.
Not much separated the two teams tonight, as they exchanged leads 7 times throughout the game. Up until the end of the 3rd quarter, the game was still completely in reach for both teams as STMU lead by 4.
Starting at the 6min mark of the 4th quarter, the Lightning really turned it on at both ends of the floor going on a 13-0 run, bringing the score to 84-69. With only 3 min left in the game, the Lions were unable to swing the momentum late and ended up losing the 4th quarter (29-14) and ultimately the game.
After the game, head coach, Neil Nystrom commented on his teams performance rebounding against a taller St. Mary's team. "We gave up 14 offensive rebounds in the 2nd half, which is too many. They kept scoring in the paint and we were trying to force them out but didn't do a good enough job at it."
Nystrom also commented on the strong performance of the Lightning's defensive game plan, which resulted in the Lions struggling to run their offensive and this showed. Ambrose leading scores (Linden Jackson & Isaac Gray) both only totaled 5 points thought out the game shooting 1-10 and 2-10 from the field respectively.
In their absence Nhail Phillip stepped up with a great offensive performance, totaling 20 points, good enough for Player of the Game recognition while for the Lightning, Caleb Jipp was awarded the Player of the Game award as he scored 18 points and played really strong defense all night.