Spartans senior hoops boys rally for victory
Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal
GUELPH – A fourth-quarter rally allowed the Centennial Spartans to pull a victory out of their hat in District 10 high school senior boys’ basketball play Tuesday.
“We just finally started hitting some shots,” Centennial coach Rob Conroy said. “We had a lot of open looks early and we just couldn’t hit anything so the ball finally started to go in. Once you score it makes everything a little bit easier and everyone can start to breathe.”
The Spartans struck for 28 points in the fourth quarter to rally for a 72-62 victory over the Guelph CVI Green Gaels.
“We really turned up the intensity,” Centennial’s top scorer Jake Warywoda said. “I think something kind of clicked with us with the press and we realized we had to move faster. We had to get that step ahead and it started working for us. They started throwing turnovers. They couldn’t handle the pressure and we came out on top of the transition.”
The Gaels had led 20-14 at the end of the first quarter, 32-26 at halftime and 47-44 after the third quarter.
Warywoda led Centennial with a game-high 21 points with 12 of those points coming in the final quarter.
“I felt really good. I felt a lot of energy and our team felt a lot of energy,” he said of his fourth-quarter performance. “We kept forcing them and they kept making mistakes and we were sort of feeding off of that. We got some good looks, we got some good leaks and we just finished it off.”
Cameron Powell added 19 for the Spartans while Cole Godman had 10 and Harris Schaubel netted seven.
Lorenzo Moscheni had 17 for GCVI while Ben Tofil collected 16 and Kyle Kush contributed seven.
“We’re happy,” Conroy said of the first half of Centennial’s season. The second half starts Thursday with a game against Lourdes to finish off the 2017 part of the schedule. “The kids are getting better every game. We had a tough one against St. James Last week (68-37 loss), but, hey, you have those along the way. It’s how you react out of them and I couldn’t be happier how we played coming out of St. James.”
“It’s had its up and downs,” Warywoda said of the first half of the campaign. “It was a little rocky at the start, but I think we’re still trying to find ourselves as a team. We lost some key players from last year, so right now we’re still trying to figure out where we all fit in, but I think it’s starting to mesh pretty well.
“Our sites are on the end of the season. We’re going to D10.”
Orangeville 72 Bishop Macdonell 45
Charlie Hamilton hit for 15 points for Orangeville in the battle of winless teams. Ty Asante and Erik Wouters added 10 apiece.
Kurt Sialana had 13 for Bishop Mac while Matteo Furfaro followed with 10.
St. James 71 Lourdes 68 (OT)
Matt Sanvido led St. James with 27 points while Joel Tersigni netted 16.
Abe Kayeye and Jacob Porcellato had 18 apiece for Lourdes.
Centre Wellington 55 Ross 44
Centre Wellington assured itself of first place at the Christmas break with the win. The Falcons are unbeaten atop the league at 7-0 while Ross, St. James and Centennial are tied for second at 5-2.
Johnny Barclay had 16 points for Centre Wellington while Brock Newton collected 12.
Ayden Bourdeau led Ross with 15 while Khaled Djabo chipped in with 14.
Ross 64 Centre Wellington 29
Ross remained undefeated with the win.
Cole Miller led the Royals with 26 points while Bryce Sukhdeo contributed 14.
Korsen Lochert had six for Centre Wellington and Aiden Davy added five.
Orangeville 66 Bishop Macdonell 56
Rowan Steele had a game-high 27 points for Orangeville.
Luca Desando had 19 points for Bishop Mac and Matt MacEachren collected nine.
Lourdes 64 St. James 31
Kevin Martinez’s 18 points led Lourdes while Sebastian Porcellato hit for 17.
Dorian Simpson had eight for St. James and Jacob Martin gathered seven.
Centennial 48 Guelph CVI 41
Scoring details not reported.