Falcons secure first in return from exam break
GUELPH – The Centre Wellington Falcons promptly stretched their win streak in District 10 high school senior boys’ basketball play to 12 games as the league returned to play Tuesday following the two-week break for exams.
The Falcons grabbed an early lead and never looked back as they downed the Guelph CVI Green Gaels 65-46.
“It was scrappy,” Centre Wellington coach Jeff Brubacher said of the game. “GC is always tough and tough in their gym. We knew they’d give us a good gym and we wanted to come and work on some things and I thought we did all right.”
The win clinched a first-place finish for the Falcons. While Centre Wellington and the Centennial Spartans can finish in a tie for top spot, the Falcons will win the tie-breaker as they won both their regular-season meetings with the Spartans. Centre Wellington is to host the eighth-place Bishop Macdonell Celtics in a quarter-final match Tuesday.
The game against the Gaels wasn’t the first match for the Falcons since the exam break as Centre Wellington took the title of last weekend’s Jacob Hespeler senior tournament.
“We got three good wins at Jacob Hespeler,” Brubacher said. “They were all kind of gritty, tough games which was good to kind of get the post-exam rust off and this game, too. Now we’re getting ready to go on our playoff push.”
The final week of regular-season games that separate the exam break and the D10 playoff week might be the most important week of the season for all the teams in the league. It’s their last chance to get playoff ready.
“We commonly break it into three seasons,” Brubacher said. “We’ve got before Christmas, after Christmas and after exams. With all the snow days, there’s been a lot of off time. We’ve had a couple of practices, but not with everyone. It’s just the way it works with kids coming from out of town and stuff. We really need to get going and string together some good quality practices and games to get ready for playoffs.”
Tuesday, Centre Wellington held quarter leads of 18-9, 27-13 and 46-26.
Brock Newton connected for 17 points for the Falcons while Zach Cudmore added 14, Keenen Lochert collected 12 and Johnny Barclay chipped in with eight.
Rylan Ninaber had a game-high 18 for GCVI, Aidan Carroll netted 14 and Aiden Cvetich contributed five.
The win was the 11th consecutive victory in league play for the Falcons who haven’t lost since dropping a 55-51 game to the Lourdes Crusaders in their league opener.
St. James 71 Bishop Macdonell 34
St. James gained control early as the Lions led 17-7 at the end of the first quarter, 38-18 at halftime and 61-24 after the third quarter.
Matt Sanvido struck for 27 points while Alex Garbuio had 12, Josh Sims 10, Jose Martirena eight and Aidan Feeney six.
Matt MacEachern hit for 12 for Bishop Mac and Jacob McWhirter had 10 and Luca De Sando gathered six.
Ross 67 Lourdes 55
Cole Miller connected for a game-high 27 points for Ross while Jon Howie had 16 and Sebastian Perizzolo-Furminger added 11.
Will Vandenheuvel dropped 15 points in for Lourdes and Kevin Martinez netted 12.
St. James 42 Bishop Macdonell 41
David Farrelly struck for 14 points for St. James while Floyd Tohay had nine and Kelvin Nkubito added seven.
Cole M. gathered 12 for Bishop Mac. Rimez Kridli added 10 and Nick Poloniato contributed eight.
Ross 76 Lourdes 58
Daniel Wang had 27 points for Ross while Dominic Vanos gathered 22 and Liam Brown chipped in with 11.
Tyler Blais had 26 for Lourdes while Joshua Cadete picked up five and Aidan Doucette added four.
Guelph CVI 51 Centre Wellington 38
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- Guelph Sports Journal