Ross-Centennial doubleheader set for D10 hoops finals
GUELPH – It’ll be a Ross-Royals-Centennial Spartans doubleheader on District 10 high school boys’ basketball championship night Saturday at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre.
Ross and Centennial advanced in both senior and junior with semifinal victories Thursday.
In senior, second-place Ross edged third-place Lourdes Crusaders 64-60 in a tight and intense match while first-place Centennial downed fifth-place Guelph CVI Green Gaels 71-49
In junior, first-place Ross dropped fourth-place Centre Wellington Falcons 69-48 and fourth-place Centennial surprised second-place Orangeville Bears 48-41.
Saturday’s senior final is to start at 8 p.m. right after the completion of the 6 p.m. junior final.
Ross 64 Lourdes 60
The Royals rallied from a nine-point deficit at halftime to get the win.
Lourdes led 32-23 at the break, but host Ross came back to tie the score 42-42 by the end of the third quarter.
While Lourdes entered the game knowing their season wouldn’t in the Ross gym as they’ll compete in the CWOSSA AA tournament in Guelph next week, the same was not true for the Royals. With Centennial and GCVI also being AAA schools, a loss would’ve brought the Royals’ season to an end at home. That helped put an intensity in the game that might be hard to match Saturday night.
“It’ll be hard, but in this league you play everybody a ton of times and everybody wants to win,” Ross coach Bill Price said. “In their case, the AAs go through already, but we’ve got nowhere to go but win or you’re done. That part we talked about and we were ready to dig deep. We came out and then let them take a nice lead in the first part and we just had to work our way back.”
“For some of our players, this was our last game of the season we thought at that time,” Ross’s Malcolm Bair said. “We were just going to give it our all. For me personally, that could’ve been my last game of the season.In the huddle, coach had some really good talks with us talking about how this could be our last shot.”
Those talks helped and they got the Royals out of their early-game funk.
“We were practising really hard for this game and I think a lot of guys were psyched out for this game at the beginning,” Bair said. “We were playing kind of slow. A lot of their players, we were watching them leak out and none of us were guarding them so we just kind of got our stuff together and realized that we’ve got to play this game and we’ve got to play it hard.”
A boisterous crowd likely added to the intensity.
“Personally, I love the crowd,” Bair said. “I love how basketball is becoming popular in places like Guelph. It used to be a hockey town and it’s nice to see guys come support basketball. I love it, it’s great.”
Bair led Ross with 25 points while Ryan Kielar had 12, Gatlang Puot had 11 and Cole Miller had seven.
Kevin Martinez sank six three-pointers on his way to a 32-point game. Sebastian Porcellato added 16 points and Jacob Porcellato had six.
Ross and Centennial met twice during the regular season and Centennial won both on their way to an unbeaten regular season. Centennial won 77-67 at Ross Dec. 12 and 79-63 at home Feb. 4.
“They’re the front-runners, so we’re looking forward to them,” Bair said.
“I think we have the guys to play at the level at the top of the league,” Price said. “We’ve got to be intense and we’ve got to have energy and we’ve got to take care of the ball. There weren’t really any turnovers in the second half and attacks. When you can get that together, it’s good.”
Centennial 71 Guelph CVI 49
Jackson Davidson led Centennial with 14 points while Sebastian Harman-Denhoed added eight.
Aidan Carrol had 14 for GCVI.
Ross 69 Centre Wellington 48
Daniel Wang connected for 27 points for Ross while Robert Vosper netted 25.
Hunter Mathewson collected 14 for Centre Wellington while Benny Miller and Grayson Davy each had nine.
Centennial 48 Orangeville 41
Scoring details were not reported.
- Guelph Sports Journal