The top-seeded high school boys basketball teams from SDGAA regular-season action lived up to their record in the playoffs, as the junior and senior squads from Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School captured their respective championships.
In both cases, the St. Lawrence Saints were runners-up, with the senior final going into the books as a 58-46 decision, while the junior Falcons prevailed 38-33.
Semifinal final play at the February 18 tournament which Holy Trinity hosted saw the Falcons dispatch the Glengarry Gaels, in both junior and senior action, while the respective squads from St. Lawrence dispatched teams from Heritage.
Holy Trinity and St. Lawrence were one-two in league standings this season, senior and junior. The senior Falcons remained unbeaten and are now 12-0 in SD&G action, including the regular season and playoffs.
Cornwall’s St. Lawrence High School is hosting the junior boys ‘A’ EOSSAA tournament on February 25, and both the Saints and Falcons will be there, with the latter the top seed.
Senior boys ‘A basketball EOSSAA is booked for Perth on February 25 and 26. Holy Trinity is expected to be a top-three seed.
Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School is scheduled to host the SD&G boys ‘A’ playoffs on February 18, including senior and junior Falcons teams. Joining the party will be both squads from Glengarry District High School.
HT’s seniors completed the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record in league play. St. Lawrence finished second at 9-1. L’Heritage ended up third, and the Gaels, at 6-4, grabbed the final playoff spot. Last week’s win over Tagwi pushed the Warriors to fifth, and out of the playoffs, at 4-6.
On the junior side, the Falcons topped the table with a 7-1 record, as the Saints placed second, at 5-3. The Dragons were third, followed by GDHS, which needed the win last week over Tagwi, to get into the playoffs.
Playoff game schedule
9:30 a.m. junior semifinal – Holy Trinity vs Glengarry
11 a.m. junior semifinal – St. Lawrence vs Heritage
12:30 p.m. senior semifinal – Holy Trinity vs Glengarry
2 p.m. senior semifinal – St. Lawrence vs Heritage
3:30 p.m. junior championship
5 p.m. senior championship
The senior champion will qualify for EOSSAA, set for February 26-27 in Perth, while the junior victor advances to EOSSAA at St. Lawrence in Cornwall, on February 25.
Both boys basketball teams at Glengarry DHS capped off regular-season league play with victories over the Tagwi Warriors.
The Thursday action in Alexandria saw the junior Gaels prevail 46-43 in overtime. Jason Gingras paced the offence for the winning side, scoring 24 points, while Rowan McPherson had 17 including a trio of three-pointers. Tagwi’s top scorer was Landon Brownlee (14).
GDHS’ seniors won their contest handily, overpowering the Warriors 50-27. Gaels team members are Andrew MacMaster, Ethan Attridge, Lochlan MacDonald, Crew Rickerd, Josh Santourian, Nathan Noel, John Caddell, Seamus Hardy, Hamish MacLeod, and Berry Wassihun, and the team is coached by Katherine Adams.
Attridge drained 23 points to lead the Gaels, while Lochlan MacDonald had 12. The Warriors’ top point-getters were Joseph Jeeves and Wyatt Pilon, both of whom had 9.
The junior and senior Gaels basketball teams have qualified for SDGAA ‘A’ playoff action, which is scheduled for Tuesday at Holy Trinity.
Iona Academy grade 7 student-athlete Owen McMillan earned a spot in the upcoming regional free-throw competition hosted by the Knights of Columbus.
The 12-year-old qualified for the event by winning the local competition, held last weekend in Cornwall.
Iona Academy had previously held its school event to decide who would qualify for the Cornwall competition. Successful Dragons, aside from McMillan, were Darren LeTallec, Mia Brunet, Logan Proulx, Grace Vivaraies, Daniel Ethier, Sophie Laking, Brianna McKenna, and Sebastien Poirier.
Unfortunately, McMillan will not be able to compete at regionals though, as he will be away then on a family trip.
The senior boys basketball team from Alexandria’s École secondaire catholique Le Relais opened its 2019-20 PRSSAA season with a 2-2 record before the Christmas break.
Coach Éric Crête tells me that the squad scored wins versus Embrun and Russell, while losses came against Casselman and St. Thomas-Aquinas.
Leading the way offensively is #14 Xavier Gendreau, who is averaging 20 points per game.
The junior edition of les Rapides is 1-3, with the team’s lone win at the expense of Embrun. Losses were to Russell, Casselman, and St. Thomas-Aquinas.
Coach Crête says that 10th grader Jimmy Berry and 9th grader Zeph Lajoie are leading the way scoring-wise. He adds that the record isn’t a bad showing for an inexperienced team of players who collectively had 10 games of experience at the start of the season.
Last week, the SD&G champion Char-Lan DHS Crusaders hosted EOSSAA junior girls ‘A’ basketball, achieving split results in their round-robin action.
After dropping their opening game 51-20 to Perth, the girls were looking to end their run at the November 13 event on a positive note with a win versus the St. Thomas Ravens, from Russell.
Char-Lan trailed through the first half, behind 27-17 at the break. The Ravens, with a short bench and their key players in foul trouble in the third quarter, saw their lead evaporate though, as the Crusaders clawed back in the second half, taking the lead just before the buzzer to end the third quarter at 34-33.
The home side’s lead was tenuous in the final period, however, hampered by Char-Lan’s struggles from the free-throw line, as St. Thomas continued to rack up the fouls. With 49 seconds left, the Crusaders held a 43-42 lead and possession. Their coaches called a timeout to plot strategy.
Almost immediately, Char-Lan was fouled but went 0/2 from the line. An offensive rebound maintained possession for the Crusaders, forcing the Ravens to foul again. This time one free throw dropped, and once more, Char-Lan got the offensive board. The girls passed the ball around, killing off seconds, until Grace Rouleau got free at the side of the basket for a layup to make it a four-point edge for Char-Lan.
St. Thomas added a late foul shot, as did Char-Lan, to round out the scoring, as the Cruaders prevailed 47-42.
Lilah Mines had 15 points to lead Char-Lan in the game. Her contribution included a pair of three-pointers. Maggie Hope scored 14 points.
In the earlier match, the girls collectively were 9 for 29 from the foul line, while in their second game the Crusaders improved, but still shot under 50 per cent.
Coach Jim Fourney, in his 38th year of coaching local basketball, says he is pleased with the season this group of Crusaders had. Aside from their SD&G championship, they completed their league play with a perfect record. They are young, athletic, and strong, and they continue to develop their basketball skills.
To that end, the work continues, starting this week. Tuesday evenings from November through June will see Fourney, along with his coaching pal Bob Blackadder, lead Crusaders in workouts at the high school’s gym. There’s a 90-minute session for girls in Grade 7 and 8, followed by a separate 90-minute training for those in Grades 9 through 12.
The program formerly called the Plain White Tees no longer has a moniker beyond Char-Lan Basketball. In addition to weekly workouts, there are tournament and exhibition games planned.
Following a terrific opening day at EOSSAA in Brockville, Holy Trinity’s senior girls basketball team competed today in the playoff round, finishing the tournament hosted by St. Mary CHS with silver medals.
Coach Mindy Gibbs tells me that she is “super proud of the girls … they deserve all the accolades.”
The Falcons were seeded second at the November 13-14 competition, as SD&G ‘A’ champions. After getting through round-robin play unbeaten, Holy Trinity dispatched third-ranked Opeongo HS in the semifinal 65-57.
“That was a hard battle where the game wasn’t decided until the final 3 minutes,” Gibbs notes.
As a result, the girls were gassed in the EOSSAA championship match that followed, as the Falcons tangled with top seed and host St. Mary, which “executed a strong game plan, and we struggled to contain them.” The final score was 53-27.
The Crusaders, as EOSSAA champs, will represent the region at OFSAA, which is booked for November 21-23, in Welland.
To read about the girls’ day-one results, please see this previous post: