Crusaders top Bears to lock down a finish in the top three
GUELPH – The Lourdes Crusaders clinched a spot in the top three in the District 10 high school senior boys’ basketball league as they entered the exam break with a 68-49 victory over the Orangeville Bears.
“Our goal is to finish the season strong with all members of our team contributing in whatever way that they can,” Lourdes coach Mike Finoro said. “We just kind of add a couple of things offensively and defensively and make sure that we’re peaking at the right time heading into playoffs with the last couple of games of the regular season.”
The Crusaders will finish either second or third in the final standings. They enter the two-week break in third at 9-3 and trail the Centennial Spartans who are undefeated at 12-0 and the Ross Royals in second at 9-3.
“We still have to take care of business as we finish up and go into playoffs,” Finoro said. “If we do what we need to do, we should be in a pretty good position heading into CWOSSA.”
The Crusaders are the highest-placed AA team in the local league, leading the St. James Lions who are tied with the Guelph CVI Green Gaels (a AAA team) for fourth at 5-7 while the Bishop Macdonell Celtics are sixth at 3-9. AAA teams Centre Wellington Falcons and Orangeville Bears are tied for seventh at 2-10.
For the Crusaders, they place equal importance on the D10 league and the CWOSSA AA tournament.
“Based on the goals we set, they kind of go hand in hand,” Finoro said. “We’ve set goals to win District 10 and advance to OFSAA. Based on our goals, we’re trying to get both done.”
The Crusaders also have some things they want to work on during the final week of the regular season that is scheduled for the week immediately after the completion of exams.
“I feel like we just have to critique a few things and finish some stuff — prepare a little more on offence and defence and come together and get back in shape after the break,” Lourdes leading scorer Tyler Blais said. He had 17 points. “(Then) we’ll be pretty prepared for the playoffs.”
“We’re in a pretty good place, but we need to fine tune a couple of things offensively and defensively and then up the communication as a team on both ends,” Finoro said.
The Bears hung in with the Crusaders through most of the first half, but Lourdes pulled away in the second half.
The Crusaders were up 24-17 at the end of the first quarter, 39-25 at halftime and 56-34 after the third quarter.
While Blais led the scoring for the hosts, he was closely followed by Kevin Martinez with 16 points and Sebsatian Porcellato with 15. Jacob Porcellato and Liam Sharpe each had six.
Brandon Hughes had 15 for Orangeville while Rowan Steele netted 11, Brayden Cooke had seven and T.J. Walkinshaw added five.
Lourdes is to play Bishop Mac and Centennial during the final week of the regular season.
Ross 78 Bishop Macdonell 36
Cole Miller connected for 21 points for Ross while Gatlang Pout had 14.
Ramez Kridli had 10 for Bishop Mac and Luca De Sando collected nine.
Centennial 80 Centre Wellington 50
Kai Clarke powered Centennial with 21 points while Cameron Powell had 14 and Jackson Wallace chipped in with 12.
Owen Fox had 18 for Centre Wellington and Aiden Davy and Johnny Barclay each added nine.
St. James 58 Guelph CVI 52
Kelvin Nkubito led St. James with 15 points and Michael Fonte contributed nine.
D. Ahmad had a game-high 17 for GCVI and Rylan Ninaber followed with 14.
St. James 54 Guelph CVI 53
Jared Bettonvil led St. James with 19 points.
Sebsatian Deeves had 17 for GCVI and Jordan Rogers netted 11.
Orangeville 56 Lourdes 38
Scoring details not reported.
Ross 72 Bishop Macdonell 31
Jefferson Brown had 12 for Ross with Daniel Wang getting 11 and Robert Vosper adding 10.
Nick Poloniato led Bishop Mac with seven.
Centennial 53 Centre Wellington 43
Will Glaspell hit for 15 for Centennial.
Benny Miller had 10 for Centre Wellington.
- Guelph Sports Journal