Parity in senior hoops as St. James finishes atop logjam

GUELPH — Now that’s tight.

The District 10 high school senior boys’ basketball league will finish the regular season with what is probably the tightest finish of the top four in league history.

A total of two points will separate the top four after the league’s final regular season game is played.

The top six completed their regular seasons Friday while the bottom two, the Lourdes Crusaders and Bishop Macdonell Celtics, are to play Monday at Bishop Mac to wrap up the campaign. They’re locked into their final finishing positions with Lourdes seventh and Bishop Mac eighth.

The St. James Lions and Centre Wellington Falcons finish tied for first at 11-3 while the Centennial Spartans and Guelph CVI Green Gaels tied for third at 10-4. The Ross Royals are fifth at 7-7 while the Orangeville Bears are sixth at 4-10. Lourdes is at 2-11 and Bishop Mac’s at 0-13.

Games played Dec. 13 and Jan. 19 will break both ties, the one for first and the one for third.

St. James will win the tie-breaker with Centre Wellington thanks to two victories over the Falcons. The Lions won 72-71 at Fergus Dec. 13 and 59-50 at home Jan. 19.

Centennial will win the tie-breaker with GCVI. The teams split their games, making the margin of victory in their meetings the deciding factor. GCVI won by 16 points, 80-64, at home Dec. 13 and Centennial won by 34, 68-34, at home Jan. 19.

That means the playoff pairings are set for Tuesday’s quarter-finals. St. James will host Bishop Mac, Centre Wellington will host Lourdes, Centennial win host Orangeville and GCVI will host Ross.

Winners advance to Thursday’s semifinals. The championship game is set for Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at the University of Guelph.

Friday, Centre Wellington edged Ross 64-63, GCVI downed Orangeville 66-49 and Centennial defeated St. James for the second time this week, this time by a 53-37 score.

Centre Wellington 64 Ross 63

Cole Newton collected 28 points for Centre Wellington while Camden LaBastide added 19.

Curtis Gordon had 25 for Ross and Khaled Djabo had 17.

Guelph CVI 66 Orangeville 49

Kyle Kush connected for 18 points for GCVI while Yash Kharta netted 12.

Nigel Carey-Kochan had a game-high 21 for Orangeville and Graydon Lindsay picked up 12.

Centennial 53 St. James 37

Scoring details were not reported.

JUNIOR

Centennial 55 St. James 50

Hadi El-Miari hit for 17 points for Centennial while Davin Ramdath had 13 and Jack Viverros collected 12.

Alex Garbuio led St. James with 19 points while Josh Sims netted 13 and Jose Martireana added nine.

Orangeville 49 Guelph CVI 44

T.J. Walkinshaw gathered 16 points for Orangeville while Rowan Steele netted 12.

Dellan Ahmad had 28 points for GCVI.

  • Guelph Sports Journal