Offensive play rules in D10 all-star basketball
GUELPH – Three-point shots and dunks were the main focus as the all-stars of the District 10 high school boys’ senior basketball league gathered for their season-ending all-star game at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre Wednesday night.
Defensive play wasn’t a priority as the players decided that playing offence and going for the highlight-reel plays was a lot more fun. Most long shots were uncontested and defensive players often moved aside when an opponent looked like he was going to try a dunk.
And smiles and laughs were all around.
The players combined to sink a total of 18 three-pointers in the game.
In the end the Lights defeated the Darks 97-83. The Lights had quarter leads of 33-14, 55-28 and 75-53.
Curtis Gordon of the Ross Royals and Ben Tofil of the Guelph CVI Green Gaels collected 18 points apiece for the Lights while the St. James Lions duo of Keegan Feeney and Alex Durigon netted 11 apiece and Nick Marquis added 10.
For the Darks, Camden La Bastide of the Centre Wellington Falcons led all scorers with 20 points while David Anderson of the Orangeville Bears and Centre Wellington’s Cole Newton had 15 each and Tommy Nield of the Centennial Spartans collected 11.
Other members of the Lights were Kyle Kush and Kevin Duong of GCVI, Jeff Morales of St. James, Khaled Djabo of Ross and Matteo Stradiotto of the Bishop Macdonell Celtics. Matt Sanvido of St. James was selected to play, but missed the game due to an injury suffered late in the season. Marquis took his spot.
Other players selected for the Darks were Nate Scott and Mitch Rose-Janes of Centre Wellington, Cole Godman and Jake Warywoda of Centennial, Nigel Carey-Kochan of Orangeville and Adam Sampson of the Lourdes Crusaders.
Players of the game were Gordon and Carey-Kochan while Newton was honoured as the league’s most valuable player before the contest.
The junior game was pretty much the same, minus the dunks.
The players hit a total of 19 three-pointers in the game and there were a couple of dunks by the youngsters in the wide-open match won 92-54 by the Lights.
The Lights led 21-17 at the end of the first quarter, 38-25 at halftime and 62-44 after the third quarter.
Zach Cudmore of Centre Wellington and Lazar Stojanovic of Ross connected for 19 points apiece for the Lights while Brock Newton of Centre Wellington and David Mokonen of Lourdes had 14 each.
Hadi El-Miari of Centennial had 12 for the Darks while schoolmate Cameron Powell and GCVI’s Dhruv Desai had 10 apiece.
Other members of the Lights were Keenen Lochert and Johnnie Barclay of Centre Wellington, Kevin Martinez and Abraham Kayeye of Lourdes, Sebastian Perizzolo-Furminger of Ross and T.J. Walkinshaw of Orangeville.
Rounding out the lineup for the Darks were Ryan Kush, Dellan Ahmad and Cory Pryce of GCVI, Davin Ramdath of Centennial, Justin Faienza and Jacob McWhirter of Bishop Macdonell and Alex Garbuio of St. James.
Players of the game were Cudmore and Desai while Ayeye was named the league’s most valuable player.
- Guelph Sports Journal