Royals recover from a cold start to remain undefeated

GUELPH – Ahead of their first-place showdown with the Centennial Spartans, the Ross Royals withstood a first-half surprise from the Bishop Macdonell Celtics to post a 67-47 victory in District 10 high school senior boys’ basketball play Tuesday at Bishop Mac.

“We made this tough and that happens,” Ross coach Bill Price said of Ross’s first-half performance. “”We had a lack of focus in that first half, for sure, and then you get frustrated and you’re not in a flow. They played well. They played hard and they took advantage of the situation as long as they could.”

Bishop Mac led 17-10 at the end of the first quarter and 27-22 at halftime before the Royals rallied to go up 48-42 by the end of the third quarter.

“I didn’t freak out or lose my temper with them,” Price said of a halftime talk with his team. “The point was that we had to get back to playing basketball in a rhythm. We had to get a flow going and that would come from my defensive work and then the offence would start clicking. We were trying to force the issue on offence and it wasn’t clicking and then it was kind of getting more frustrating. I just needed them to be in one respect more patient on offence and pick up the pace on defence. That’s how you get back into a good rhythm and it showed pretty fast.”

Ross pulled even with the Celtics two minutes into the second half and led by eight points two minutes after that. The Royals also found their scoring touch on three-pointers as they hit six of them in the second half to give them eight for the game.

“We’ve got some guys who can shoot this year,” Price said. “We’re not dependent on it at all. This year we’re a run, push the ball, defend and when we get open looks, take them. There aren’t a lot of guys that have restrictions on them or anything. If you’ve got an open look, you should knock it down.”

Cole Miller led the Royals with 26 points with 17 of those coming in the second half. Jarren Sweitzer and Gatlang Pout had nine apiece and Ryan Keelar added seven.

Matt MacEachern had 11 for Bishop Mac and Luca De Sando and Ramez Kridli collected eight apiece.

The Royals and Centennial are tied for first with perfect 5-0 records. Lourdes Crusaders are third at 4-1 while Bishop Mac and St. James Lions are tied for fourth at 2-3, Guelph CVI Green Gaels and Centre Wellington Falcons are tied for sixth at 1-4 and Orangeville Bears are eighth at 0-5.

 

Centennial 73 Centre Wellington 34

Cameron Powell struck for 18 points for Centennial while Jackson Davidson netted 12.

Johnny Barclay had nine for Centre Wellington and Jake Neufeld contributed six.

 

Lourdes 73 Orangeville 40

Tyler Blais had a game-high 27 points for Lourdes while Alex Basciano collected 10.

Keelan Steele had 13 for Orangeville and Kevon Amanatey hit for nine.

 

St. James 69 Guelph CVI 66

Leading scorers not reported.

 

Junior

Ross 79 Bishop Macdonell 54

Landon Hart’s 18 topped the scoring list for Ross and he was followed by Robert Vosper with 17 and Daniel Wang with 15.

Nick Poloniato had 11 for Bishop Mac and DiCiccio had 10.

 

Centennial 73 Centre Wellington 36

Leading scorers not reported.

 

Guelph CVI 65 St. James 57

Leading scorers not reported.

 

Orangeville 68 Lourdes 51

Ashton McQuaig led Orangeville with 18 points and Matt Huck had 15.

Simon Porcellato led all scorers with 22 for Lourdes.

 

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