Crusaders find long-range shot in time to keep junior crown

GUELPH – The Lourdes Crusaders waited until the fourth quarter to sink some three-pointers and that helped propel them to their second District 10 high school junior boys’ basketball championships in as many years.

The Crusaders hit three three-pointers, the only treys hit in the game, as they slipped by the Ross Royals 59-58 in Saturday night’s final at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

“Ross is a tough team, a physical team and they play hard,” Lourdes coach Mike Finoro said. “We knew to give ourselves a shot at a win today, we had to match that if not come more fierce. Top to bottom, our guys battled for 32 minutes today. You can’t ask for any more.”

Angelo Randell hit two of the threes in the back-and-forth match while Kevin Martinez hit the other one. However, it was a Martinez free throw with about half a minute to play that proved to be the winning basket.

“We had a couple of bounces go our way,” Finoro said. “We put ourselves in a position to win the game. We played together all the way through and it worked out for us.”

Both teams had their chances to win in the final minute but the pressure of the situation and playing in front of a larger crowd than normal came into account. Ross was swarming the Lourdes key, but couldn’t get a shot to drop when time ran out.

The Crusaders led 15-11 at the end of the first quarter and the Royals were up 25-24 at halftime before Lourdes regained the lead in the third quarter as the Crusaders were up 40-35 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Martinez led Lourdes with 25 points while Sebastien Porcellato had 18.

Cole Miller collected 21 for Ross and Gray Yates netted 14.

Team MVPs in the final, as selected by their opponents, were Martinez and Miller.

Both teams advance to CWOSSA championship tournaments next weekend. The Crusaders will be in the AA tournament at Simcoe Friday and Saturday, the same days the Royals will be in the AAA tournament at Cambridge.

“We had goals coming into the season, to get back here and give ourselves a chance to repeat and then go to CWOSSA and kind of redeem a little of what happened last year,” Finoro said. “We’re in a position to do that now. All the guys, they bought in from Day 1. They played together and they shared in each other’s successes. As a coach, you can’t ask for more. They did it together.”

 

Lourdes 59 Ross 58
Lourdes     15-9-16-19–59
Ross        11-14-10-23–58
SCORING
Lourdes: Kevin Martinez 25, Sebastien Porcellato 18, Angelo Randell 8, Noah Penny 8, Tyler Blais 2.
Ross: Cole Miller 21, Gray Yates 14, Gatlang Deng 6, Liam Brown 4, Mark Caddock 4, Awab Bardoun 3, Lazar Stojanovic 2, Bryce Sukhdeo 2, Carter Wesley 2
Note: scoring points are according to the official scoresheet.
TEAM STATS
Three-pointers made: Lourdes 3; Ross 0.
Free throws: Lourdes 15-25; Ross 4-14.
Fouls: Centre Wellington 19; Ross 21.
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