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London Midseason Report

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London sent 3 players to the All Star this year.  Val Crumley, Jean Larry and Jose Owens were selected as reserves for the National team.  It was the most representations in Knights history but whether it leads to a championship remains to be seen.  Currently the team is 4.5 games behind Toronto with a 34-16 record at the midway point of the season. 

“Of course we’ll love to win the division but our main focus is getting ready for the playoffs.  Everything else is secondary.” said Coach Shay

This year, the team had to incorporate several new players and went back to their power game – dumping the ball inside to their bigs.  Led by Owens, Larry and Gene White the Knights are one of the best offensive units in the league.  On the other hand, the defense has taken a step back though it still remains stellar thanks in large part to Larry in the paint and Crumley on the perimeter.   


While not putting up gaudy numbers, Crumley remains the engine that drives this team.   So far he’s averaging 12.5 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 2.5 steals.  Some would say he’s having a down year by his standards.  He is having a PER of 20, lowest of his career.  But we say the hell with that.  Crumley is one of the best in the league and he remains that. 

Unlike Crumley, Larry is having a career year with 12.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 6.2 blocks.  He’s likely on his way to another DMVP trophy.  Owens is also having one of his best seasons.  Owens leads the team with 20 points per game to go with 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.  He’s spent time coming off the bench and starting.  But it looks like the team will commit to him as a starter for the second half of the season. 

On a team with 3 All Stars, Mack Lavoie is often overlooked.  But he is an integral part of the Knights lineup.  His scoring efficiency and ability to play and defend multiple positions make him indispensible.  In fact there have been talks that Coach Shay might even experiment with him at power forward just for kicks.  He’s averaging 13.5 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals while shooting 50% from the floor and 50% on three point tries.

 Rounding out the starting five is a combination of Fredrick Gerard and Maximo Willhite.  Both were signed with the team wanting to attack the paint more.  Neither one will blow anyone away but they specialized in driving to the hoop and get contact.  Combined, they attempt 8 free throws per game. 


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