Lions and Lourdes capture CWOSSA qualifiers
GUELPH – The St. James Lions nailed down District 10’s berth in the CWOSSA AA high school senior boys basketball tournament by holding on to slip by the Lourdes Crusaders 41-37 in a qualifying game Wednesday at Lourdes.
“We knew Lourdes was going to be tough,” St. James co-coach Emily Case said. “They have a strong guard presence on the three-point line so we had to find them early in transition, big time.”
“Coming in here we knew it was going to be a hard game, but we had to stick together and play as a team,” Lions’ centre Matt Sanvido said. “We had to stick together and play as a team to come out with the win.”
The teams put in a spirited effort, especially under the basket where the Crusaders did their best to throw Sanvido off his game.
“There were a couple of hard fouls there, but I know I need to play through it because my team needs me,” Sanvido said.
While Lourdes scored the opening basket of the game, the Lions led most of the way. St. James led 17-11 at the end of the first quarter, 30-24 at half time and 36-34 at the end of the third quarter. The Crusaders did manage to take a one-point lead one minute and 20 seconds into the final quarter, but they wouldn’t score again.
“We try to pride ourselves a lot on our defence so if we have trouble scoring, our focus is to stop them on defence,” Case said. “They hit a couple of real nice three-point shots there and it definitely did get me worried, but the boys kept their heads on and they played really well.”
“To be honest, our defence was key for sure,” Sanvido said. “If we didn’t have our defence, I don’t know what kind of game it would’ve been like. It was a pretty good defensive game this season.”
Scoring in the second half just about disappeared as the teams combined for 24 points in the final 16 minutes and eight points in the fourth quarter.
Some odd stats. The Lions missed 15 of the 25 free throws they attempted as the Crusaders were called for 17 fouls.
St. James was whistled for 12 fouls, but that resulted in four free-throw attempts by Lourdes and the Crusaders hit three of them.
Aidan Feeney led St. James with 12 points while Sanvido had nine, Alex Garbuio six, Jose Martirena five, Joel Tersigni four, Josh Sims three and James Martin two.
Abraham Kayeye had 12 for Lourdes while Will Vandenheuvel netted eight, Geeth Kenneth seven, Jack St. Hilaire four and Sebastian Porcellato and Kevin Martinez three apiece.
The Lions advance to the CWOSSA AA tournament at Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Simcoe Friday and Saturday. The Lions are to play the Galt Ghosts of Cambridge Friday at 9 a.m. If the Lions win, they’ll play later in the day at 3 p.m. If they lose, they’ll play at 4:30 p.m.
“Last year they were in the (CWOSSA) finals and the year before they made it all the way to OFSAA,” Case said. “I’m thinking it’s going to be good. We’ve played a couple of Simcoe teams already in our tournament and we matched up pretty well. We’re excited.”
“Last year we went to CWOSSA and did pretty good,” Sanvido said. “We’ve got a couple of young guys on this team so it’ll be pretty cool to show them the ropes and like that for next year’s season. We should do good at CWOSSA.”
The District 4 champion Centre Dufferin Royals of Shelburne are to play Grey Highlands Friday at 12 noon. If they win, they’ll play their quarter-final at 6 p.m. If they lose, their quarter-final will go at 7:30 p.m.
Semifinals are set for Saturday at 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. and the final is slated for 7 p.m.
Lourdes gained D10’s berth in the CWOSSA AA junior tournament with a 45-29 win in their qualifying match Wednesday.
The Crusaders held quarter leads of 12-9, 20-13 and 33-25.
Tyler Blais connected for 22 points for Lourdes while Angelo Randell had nine, Alex Basciano six, Jayden Seguin and Mark Fantin three apiece and Noah Penny two.
Lawrence Asucian and David Farrelly each had nine for St. James while Adam MacPherson had five, Kelvin Nkubito four and Dylan Leidl two.
The CWOSSA AA junior tournament is to go Friday at Simcoe Composite School while the semifinals and final are to be played Saturday at Simcoe’s Holy Trinity Catholic High School.
The Crusaders are to play the Galt Ghosts at Friday 9 a.m. Win and they’ll play their quarter-final at 3 p.m., lose and it’ll be at 4:30 p.m.
Centre Dufferin is the D4 representative and the Royals are to play their first-round game at 12 noon against Grey Highlands. Win and they’ll play at 6 p.m., lose and it’ll be 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s semifinals are slated for 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with the final scheduled for 5 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal