Late baskets secure senior hoops victory for Crusaders
GUELPH – The Lourdes Crusaders waited until the final two minutes of the game to pull away for a 67-60 victory over the Guelph CVI Green Gaels in District 10 high school senior boys’ basketball play Thursday at Lourdes.
The game was a close one throughout with both teams taking their turns in the lead, usually by less than five points. It was also a little physical at times and that led to a total of 37 fouls being called including four technicals with the Gaels being whistled for 22 fouls and three Ts.
The match also featured the prowess on three-point shots by Kevin Martinez of the Crusaders and Rylan Ninaber of the Gaels who combined to drain 11 shots from long distance. The teams sank eight apiece.
The hosts did hold the lead at the end of each quarter as the Crusaders were up 16-12 at the end of the first quarter, 27-24 at halftime and 42-40 after the third quarter. However, it was tied 54-54 with 1:49 to go in the fourth quarter.
Martinez led Lourdes with 36 points while Sebsatian Porcellato followed with 14 and Tyler Blais added seven.
Ninaber topped GCVI’s scoring list with 21 points while D. Ahmad had 11, Cameron Saunders 10 and Kristian Varosi seven.
The result leaves the Crusaders and Gaels among the four teams tied for third at 1-1. St. James Lions and Bishop Macdonell Celtics are the other two. The Centennial Spartans and Ross Royals are both at 2-0 while the Orangeville Bears and Centre Wellington Falcons are both at 0-2.
Ross 69 Centre Wellington 46
Cole Miller connected for 18 points for Ross while Gatlang Pout had 12 and Ryan Kielar netted 11.
Centre Wellington received 22 points from Owen Fox and nine from Kelsey Mallany.
Bishop Macdonell 63 Orangeville 62
Kobi Griffin Randall hit for 16 points for Bishop Mac while Ramez Kridli followed with 14.
Keelan Steele’s 22 points led Orangeville while Brandon Hughes added 14 and B. Cooke had 11.
The win for Bishop Mac put an end to their 44-game losing streak in D10 play, including the playoffs. The Celtics hadn’t won since they captured the league title Feb. 20, 2016, with a victory that completed an unbeaten 17-game march through the regular season and playoffs.
Centennial 77 St. James 58
Jackson Wallace had 14 points for Centennial while Hadi El-Miari and Kai Clarke each had 12.
Josh Sims struck for 21 points for St. James while David Farrelly had 15 and Kelvin Nkubito chipped in with 13.
Centennial 68 St. James 40
Johnny Beaton gathered 19 points for Centennial while Johnny Green had 13.
Jared Bettonvil had nine for St. James.
Orangeville 79 Bishop Macdonell 42
Ashton McQuaig led Orangeville with 22 points while Ewan Steik contributed 19.
Ben Pigozzo collected nine for Bishop Mac while Joe Guanzon had eight.
Ross 81 Centre Wellington 42
Robert Vosper’s 22 points led Ross while Daniel Wang netted 14 and Landon Hart added 12.
Grayson Davy had 20 for Centre Wellington while Gareth Roberts gathered eight.
Lourdes 60 Guelph CVI 29
Simon Porcellato had 12 for Lourdes and he was followed by Aidan Doucette with 11 and J. Basciano and Evan Krueger with eight apiece.
Sebsatian Deeves had 11 for GCVI and O. McKeown added 10.
- Guelph Sports Journal