Centennial, Ross could meet again in Heslip tourney final

GUELPH – The Centennial Spartans and Ross Royals met Thursday to decide first place in the District 10 high school senior boys’ basketball league.

They could meet again Saturday in the final of the Tom Heslip Memorial Senior Boys’ Basketball Tournament hosted by the Guelph Gryphons varsity teams at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Complex.

Both the Spartans and Royals recorded two victories Friday to gain berths in the tournament’s semifinals slated for 11 a.m. Saturday.

Centennial defeated the E.L. Crossley Cyclones of Fonthill 79-67 and Notre Dame Fighting Irish of Burlington 69-63 to advance to the semifinals.

Ross gained its spot in the semifinals with wins over Nantyr Shores Tritons of Innisfil (55-49) and St. Thomas Aquinas Stingers of Tottenham (57-32).

Centennial is to play St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves of Hamilton in one semifinal while Ross is to take on St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders of Oakville in the other.

Winners are to meet in the championship match that is set for 6:10 p.m.

All other District 10 and District 4 teams in the tournament were knocked out of the championship bracket with first-game losses.

Bishop Macdonell Celtics were defeated 46-40 by Westdale Warriors of Hamilton. St. James Lions were dropped 79-37 by St. Jean de Brebeuf. Centre Wellington Falcons were handed a 57-40 setback by STA Tottenham. Guelph CVI Green Gaels were downed 67-37 by STA Oakville. Centre Dufferin Royals of Shelburne were defeated 64-54 by Notre Dame of Burlington.

St. James and GCVI advanced into the consolation semifinals. St. James defeated Bishop Mac 68-42 while GCVI had a bye.

Bishop Mac, Centre Wellington and Centre Dufferin are in the extended play brackets following their losses in the consolation quarter-finals. Centre Wellington lost 68-59 to Nantyr Shores and Centre Dufferin fell 85-56 to E.L. Crossley.

Centre Dufferin and Bishop Mac are to play in the extended play semifinals while Centre Wellington gained a bye into the 3:30 p.m. extended play final.


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