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London Early Season Report

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With a little more than a quarter of the way through the season London stands barely atop the National Conference with a record of 22-6, a measly 0.5 game ahead of Minnesota.  Boston and Honolulu are 1.5 games back.  After re-signing Jean Larry, the Knights have been leaning on the reigning DMVP and the defense as the offense come up to speed.  The team is 2nd in the league in points allowed at 89 points and rank 1st in field goal percentage (37%).  While the Knights are averaging over 103 points, it has been inconsistent as the coaching staff continuously shuffles the lineup.   Coach Bennett has made it a point of emphasis to give everyone on the team playing time.

 

Coach Bennett: “People look at our team and see Larry, Val and Jose and think we’re just going to ride those guys all season.  I don’t think that’s very effective and we certainly not going to run them ragged.  We want them fresh for the latter part of the season.  We have guys on the team that can play within their roles.  And its my job and staff’s to maximize that.  I’m sure we’ll going to take some losses and that’s completely acceptable.  We want to get better as the season moves forward.”

 

Of note has been Alain Lagon’s move from his natural small forward position to point guard.  Many had thought that Crumley will start once again at point guard after switching with Colby Allan last year.  That has not been the case.  In fact, both players are flourishing.  In 28 minutes, Crumley is averaging 14 points, 7 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals.  After a slow start Lagon is averaging 15 points in 27.5 minutes and shooting close to his career high (51.5% vs 51.7%).  At small forward it has been a revolving door with Fredrick Gerald, Thomas Grundy, Lagon and now newly signed off the streets James Hammett having taken turns at the position.  Its likely going to be that way throughout the season.

 

Entering the new year, the Knights kick off one of their most difficult stretches of the season with games against Honolulu, Vancouver, Minnesota, Toronto and Boston.

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