(London, Ontario) – On Saturday afternoon in an OCAA playoff crossover game, the Fanshawe Men's Basketball team (10-7) won a thriller versus the Durham Lords (10-11) by a final score of 68-65. With the win, the Falcons have earned a spot in the OCAA Provincial Championship March 2-4, hosted by Centennial College.
In the first, Fanshawe sent the ball inside the paint with Lex Van Iperen scoring at the rim on a number of occasions. Halfway through the first quarter, the Falcons led 9-8. Fanshawe's defense held the Lords scoreless for a four minute stretch, as the Falcons led 15-12 after the first quarter. In the second, after the Falcons went up by five, Durham used a 6-0 run to take their first lead of the game. The lead went back and forth between the teams but at the half, Fanshawe held a one point lead 32-31. Van Iperen led all players at the break with 14 points and 9 rebounds.
The Lords took the lead early in the third on a three pointer from the corner by Devante Nunes. With three minutes left in the quarter, Fanshawe's Alfred Johnston knocked down a three pointer of his own to tie the game 43-43. A thunderous dunk by DeAndre Austin pushed the Falcons lead to four as Fanshawe went into the final quarter leading 49-45. With five minutes left, the game was once again tied. The game remained close and with one minute left to play, Fanshawe was up by just two, 63-61. Durham's Funsho Dimeji tied the game on a midrange jumper but Fanshawe's Chris Parker came right back and scored for the Falcons with just 36 seconds left. Dimeji knocked down two clutch free throws for Durham to tie the game at 65 with just 15 seconds left. Parker then came down and hit a fade away three pointer with just 0.3 seconds left on the clock, giving the Falcons the lead again. Durham would get at shot off at the buzzer but Fanshawe would go on and win the game 68-65.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
Lex Van Iperen – 22 points, 14 rebounds
Chris Parker – 16 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds
Durham's Top Performers:
Devante Nunes – 16 points, 9 rebounds
Funsho Dimeji – 17 points, 4 rebounds
The Fanshawe Falcons are proud to host the 2017 CCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship from March 9-11. Tournament passes are now on sale for $30 at the front gate of all Fanshawe Falcons home games, at the Fanshawe Athletics office (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm) as well as the Fanshawe Biz Booth (Monday to Thursday, 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-7pm). Falcons Platinum Packs are also available at the Fanshawe Athletics office for $100 and include a premium reserved seat along the baseline, special pass holder's entrance and access to the new Falcons Suite, which will have free pizza and a cash bar during Falcons evening games.
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