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London Midseason Report

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Half through the season and the Knights sit atop the league standings with a 35-9 record, one game ahead of American Conference powerhouses, the Pioneers and the Tritons.  The team is getting it done on both ends of the court, ranking near the top in both defensive and offensive efficiency.  On defense, London is once again lead by Jean Larry.  Averaging 12 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks, Larry looks to be on his way to a 5th straight Defensive MVP award.  Coming off another virtuoso performance against Minnesota, where he dropped another triple double on the Marauders, Larry had this to say about the career year he’s having.

“Personal achievements are great and I think everyone needs them.  They’re personal goals that push you.  But what really matters is the team.  If we’re not winning, stats don’t mean anything.  They’re just hollow numbers.  I’m happy for the year I’m having but more importantly I’m happy that we’re winning.  We still have a long way to go.”

Offensively, its been Jose Owens leading the charge.  The big man has had to endure criticism about his weight and conditioning to start the season but has since turned it on, even recently earning league player of the week. 

“Yeah, that’s right, call me fat and out of shape now!  I should be starting dammit!  Then you see me put up some numbers.  When I’m on there’s not a player in this league that can stop.. except for maybe JL (Jean Larry). “

While his performance (21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks per game) has improved there has been no indication that the coaching staff is thinking about inserting him back into the starting lineup.  As it stands now he gets starter minutes off the bench and gives the Knights a might needed boost from their second unit.  Larry and Owens are the standouts but its hardly been just the two.  Colby Allan has settled in as the point guard for the team and is having a bounce back year in efficiency with 49% field goal percentage and shooting 42% on three-point attempts.  Allan’s success (17 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds) has allowed Val Crumley (13 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals) to play off the ball at the shooting guard position.  A bit undersized but Crumley has used his quickness and superb defense to hold his own against the guards in the league.

Outside of the big 4, fans tend to forget the vast contributions of the team’s younger players.  Fredrick Gerard, Louie Benfield, Truman Kaplan and Sebastian Calabro have all taken a step forward in their development and given the team a much deeper and balanced roster.  Gerard and Benfield were waiver pickups last season and re-signed this past offseason.  Calabro has been a Knight for four years while Kaplan was drafted by the club in the first round. 

“I really like how our young guys are playing.  I think all of four of them plus our two draftees this year, Gerald and Efrain, are going to be big time contributors on this team.  They’re learning how to play the game from our veterans and in turn are pushing the veterans to be better.  I like where we’re headed with this group.“ said GM Lian

 

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