Monday, 28 September 2020 11:48

London Ends Season

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London once again found themselves a victim of early playoff exit. The Knights tied for the second best record in the league but was swept in the second round by Boston. Playoff injuries have been a problem for London recently. Last year, Jean Larry and Fredrick Gerard, both starters, missed the playoffs. This year it was Val Crumley. Having Crumley would have certainly helped but it was doubtful the results would be any different against the talent-laden Buzzards.
 
“Hats off to Boston. They are a great and talented team. If not for injures they would have finished ahead of us in the standings. Their defense suffocated us throughout and we struggled to contain the perimeter. The better team won.” said Coach Bennett
 
So what is next for London? Defense has always been a strong point for the team but scoring remains an issue. Outside of Jose Owens, the team boost three double digit scorers: Jean Larry (10.6), Henry Warnock (10.5) and Val Crumley (10.5). Larry expertise is on defense, Warnock is a bench player and despite being a great player Crumley’s best days are behind him. For the Knights to regain their former glory, front office must address the team’s lack of scoring options. When London last won the championship it was Alain Lagon (16.9 points) running next to Owens. The year before that it was Colby Allan (16.8 points). Something needs to be done.
 
“We’ve focus heavily on defense and have neglected the ability to score. Part of that is because we have Jose who is a great scorer and a dominating force. But having Jose has made us complacent. We need to surround him with quality scorers. We’ll find a way.” said GM Lian.
 
How Lian plans to address the issue is a head scratcher. The team is currently committed to 11 players and will have 2 more after the draft. There is little cap space to sign anyone of importance. Lian would have to find a diamond using veteran minimums in Free Agency. Either that or someone steps up on the team.
 
In other news Jean Larry won his 8th straight DMVP and Owens won the 6th Man of the Year. Coach Bennett and GM Lian were selected as the Coach and GM of the Year respectively.

 

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