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Incomplete effort costs five losses against London

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Elliott Etherington reckons Sudbury’s five have played some great games against the London Lightning but have yet to muster a full team effort in back-to-back matchups with the National Basketball League’s only undefeated team. Canada.

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In the second of those fights, a 114-101 loss on the court Thursday night, the Five were defeated by a lackluster third quarter, where a three-point deficit was quickly stretched to 10, then 18 by the end. of the frame.

“Incomplete,” said Etherington, Sudbury’s head coach and general manager. “We had a problem last time, when we were in London, with a bad quarter, and you see here in the third we’re outplayed by 15. I think the effort was there, but just incomplete. “

Guard Jeremy Harris scored 27 points to lead Sudbury, which fell to 3-5 on the season. Jason Calliste added 21, Zena Edosomwan 18 and Dexter Williams Jr. 17 for the Five, who finally reunited their regular roster this week as several players emerged from COVID-19 isolation.

“The transition was a problem,” Etherington said, pointing to London’s lopsided 36-9 advantage in points scored on transition during the contest. “During that third quarter, they were circling around, finding open shots. They were shooting 60% in that third quarter, while we were shooting 30. That’s a problem we have to address and resolve, of course.

Sudbury Five's Jeremy Harris, left, heads for the basket against London Lightning's Mareik Isom during a basketball game at the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ont.  Thursday, March 17, 2022. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network
Sudbury Five’s Jeremy Harris, left, heads for the basket against London Lightning’s Mareik Isom during a basketball game at the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ont. Thursday, March 17, 2022. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network Photo by John Lappa /John Lappa/Sudbury Star

Chris Jones led the Lightning with 30 points, while Cameron Forte added 19, including 12 in that third pivot, as London improved to 8-0 on the season.

“They’ve got a talented team,” said Harris, who had nine rebounds and two assists Thursday. “They’re playing really hard, they’re well coached and they’ve got a lot of systems they use, but we just have to lock in and get rid of a lot of small turnovers and we’ll be fine.

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“I think everything will be fine. We just have to keep going, keep fighting and keep chasing him.

The Five did some of that in the fourth, outscoring their visitors 31-26 in 12 minutes, with Harris registering 11 points, including six three-pointers. Big man Edosomwan, who got off to a slow start while being lapped by London’s physical defenders, broke through for seven points in the quarter.

Jason Calliste and Dexter Williams Jr. also earned Etherington praise for their determination along the way.

“I kept my starters there, because I wanted them to bring the reps together,” the Sudbury coach said. “They didn’t have enough reps as a unit, so I kept them there, they crumbled and they went from 21 to 13.

“Again, we just have to improve this third quarter and get our free throws.”

Harris was the Five’s most successful shooter in a home and away first quarter, going four for five from the field, while Mareik Isom collected seven of his eight games overall to become one of the early leaders of London, going four for four from the field. Free line of fire.

Sudbury gathered momentum in the second, with Calliste and Harris each hitting a pair of three-pointers and Edosomwan adding a few late buckets to his six rebounds to pull the hosts closer before the break. Edosomwan led all rebounders with 14 on the night.

He scored again on an alley-oop to open the third, but the Lightning quickly picked up the slack, forcing the Five to pay for any ball-handling issues to score on fast breaks, while quickly moving it to their outside shooters.

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Sudbury, meanwhile, cooled considerably on the field, scoring just seven of 23 attempts and hitting only half of their free throws in the quarter.

“The transition defense would definitely be No. 1,” Harris said, pointing out areas for improvement. “As for the half-court defense, we just need to communicate better and help each other, but we definitely need to step back, sprint faster, because that’s where they got a lot of points.”

The Five will have the opportunity to do so on Friday, when the Syracuse Stallions, one of the best teams in the Basketball League, visit the Sudbury Community Arena for a 7:05 p.m. tee time.

Sudbury took on Syracuse on their early-season road trip through TBL territory, losing a hard-fought 94-88 fight.

“They’ve got a really good TBL team, they’re still in a deep playoff run,” Harris said. “We just have to come together, play together and play transition defense.”

Guard Jaylen Bland will be a game-time decision on Friday after missing Thursday’s game with an injury he sustained in practice this week.

The Five wrap up a busy weekend with another home game against Windsor Express on Sunday at 2.05pm.

“Now that we have everyone back, we have no more excuses, but the consistency should come,” Etherington said.

“Often I was happy with the group, but like I said, it has to be complete. It has to be a complete effort every night.

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Jason Calliste of the Sudbury Five heads for the basket during a basketball game against the London Lightning at the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ont.  Thursday, March 17, 2022. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network
Jason Calliste of the Sudbury Five heads for the basket during a basketball game against the London Lightning at the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ont. Thursday, March 17, 2022. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network Photo by John Lappa /John Lappa/Sudbury Star
Sudbury Five's Josiah Moore, right, heads for the basket against London Lightning's Jermaine Haley Jr. during a basketball game at the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ont.  Thursday, March 17, 2022. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network
Sudbury Five’s Josiah Moore, right, heads for the basket against London Lightning’s Jermaine Haley Jr. during a basketball game at the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ont. Thursday, March 17, 2022. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network Photo by John Lappa /John Lappa/Sudbury Star
Sudbury Five's Zena Edosomwan, left, is watched closely by London Lightning's Mareik Isom during a basketball game at the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ont.  Thursday, March 17, 2022. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network
Sudbury Five’s Zena Edosomwan, left, is watched closely by London Lightning’s Mareik Isom during a basketball game at the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ont. Thursday, March 17, 2022. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network Photo by John Lappa /John Lappa/Sudbury Star
Sudbury Five's Dexter Williams Jr., right, heads for the basket against London Lightning's Jermaine Haley Jr. during a basketball game at the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ont.  Thursday, March 17, 2022. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network
Sudbury Five’s Dexter Williams Jr., right, heads for the basket against London Lightning’s Jermaine Haley Jr. during a basketball game at the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ont. Thursday, March 17, 2022. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network Photo by John Lappa /John Lappa/Sudbury Star
Zena Edosomwan of the Sudbury Five collides with Cameron Forte of the London Lightning during a basketball game at the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ont.  Thursday, March 17, 2022. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network
Zena Edosomwan of the Sudbury Five collides with Cameron Forte of the London Lightning during a basketball game at the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ont. Thursday, March 17, 2022. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network Photo by John Lappa /John Lappa/Sudbury Star

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