Senior Crusaders, junior Bears move on to hoops finals

Senior Crusaders, junior Bears move on to hoops finals

GUELPH – The Lourdes Crusaders nailed down the first berth in the District 10 high school senior boys’ basketball final when they outlasted the Centennial Spartans for a 62-57 win Thursday at Lourdes.

The final was originally scheduled to be played Saturday afternoon at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre, but has been postponed until Wednesday at a location to be determined.

The final has been delayed as the other semifinal between the Ross Royals and the Bishop Macdonell Celtics was postponed Thursday due to the lockdown at the school a day earlier.

It was to be played Friday at Ross, but the lack of bus service to the schools due to that day’s freezing rain forced another postponement. It’s now to be played Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Ross.

The final is likely to be played at either Ross or Lourdes depending on Tuesday’s winner as the Guelph Gryphons women’s varsity basketball team is to play a playoff match at the GGAC Wednesday.

Thursday, Lourdes jumped ahead of Centennial early and held on throughout the game.

The Crusaders led 19-9 at the end of the first quarter, 31-27 at halftime and 47-38 after the third quarter.

Simon Porcellato had a game-high 21 points for Lourdes while Dom Favaro netted 13, Mardochai Mehari had 12 and Joey Basciano added 11.

Thomas Everitt led Centennial with 20 while Jaylen Phillip had 19 and Maddux Martin chipped in with 10.


Junior Boys’ Basketball

The Orangeville Bears grabbed their berth in the junior final when they slipped by the Bishop Macdonell Celtics 63-61 in Thursday’s semifinal at Bishop Mac.

Jisiah Guthrie led Orangeville with 19 points while Cameron Woods and Jacob Lewis each had 10.

Ben Dorling had 16 for the Celtics while Tyson Hamilton followed with 15 and Chayse Smith contributed 12.

The same situation exists for the junior final as does for the senior final as its championship game has been postponed to Wednesday as the other semifinal between the Ross Royals has been postponed until Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Centennial.

The junior final Wednesday is expected to be held at either Centennial or Orangeville depending on Tuesday’s winner.


  • Guelph Sports Journal