Centennial seniors and Ross juniors keep D10 hoops crowns
GUELPH – The District 10 high school boys’ basketball titles stayed put as the Centennial Spartans in senior and Ross Royals in junior retained their crowns in an all Centennial-Ross championship night Saturday at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre.
In the senior final, the Spartans went on a 20-9 run to break a tie in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Centennial claimed the title with a 72-61 victory.
Cameron Powell and Jackson Wallace collected 23 points apiece for the Spartans while Kai Clarke had 15 and Jackson Davidson added nine.
Cole Miller hit for 21 points for Ross while Ryan Kielar had 11, Malcolm Bair eight and Gatlang Puot seven.
Centennial led at the end of each quarter as the Spartans were ahead 27-15 at the end of the first quarter, 40-32 at halftime and 52-50 at the end of the third quarter of a game that remained close throughout.
“We knew it would be,” Centennial coach Rob Conroy said. “The kids play hard and their kids always play hard. You come up here on this court and you never know what to expect. It’s a big floor with a lot of ground to cover.
The championship night also drew a large and boisterous crowd.
“It’s as good as it has been since the early 2000s when we were here with John House and that group of kids,” Conroy said. “It was really good to see the spirit.”
The win allowed the Spartans to complete an undefeated run through the D10 season.
Now they go on to the CWOSSA AAA tournament. Dates for that tournament at Kitchener’s Cameron Heights CI have been moved to Saturday and March 2.
“We go from being the favourite, I guess, to being a bit of an underdog,” Conroy said. “We’ll see what happens.”
“We’ll come out and give it our best shot,” Wallace said. “Blood, sweat and tears and we’ll see how it goes.”
The Ross Royals grabbed an early lead, relaxed a little bit and then pulled away for a 73-56 victory.
The Royals led 23-12 at the end of the first quarter, 38-30 at the half and 56-50 after the third quarter.
Robert Vosper led the Royals with 17 points while Daniel Wang had 15, Landon Hart 10, Eric Dewar seven and Aiden Miller and Lorik Sadiku six apiece.
Will Glaspell and Jaylen Phillip each had 14 for Centennial while Fraaz Kamaldeen had 12 and Maddux Martin 10.
The win was the 29th in a row for the Spartans.
“We lost early on to Orangeville,” Centennial coach Charlie Douglas said. “We had some injuries, but D10 is strong this year. We have three teams probably ranked in the top five in CWOSSA. Right now we’re sitting as No. 1, but we still have to go and earn that.
“Since that loss we’ve won 29 straight. It was a pretty good kick in the pants to find out what we need to do as a team. But we’re not done. We still have CWOSSA.”
That CWOSSA AAA tournament is to go Saturday at Waterloo CI and March 2 at Kitchener’s Cameron Heights CI.
- Guelph Sports Journal