Spartans stay unbeaten as they return to floor from holidays

GUELPH – The Centennial Spartans remained undefeated in District 10 high school senior boys’ basketball play Monday as they started the 2020 portion of league play with an 86-62 victory over the St. James Lions.

After a close first quarter, the Spartans pulled away in the second and third quarters to secure the victory. They led 20-18 at the end of the first quarter, 42-33 at halftime and 70-45 at the end of the fourth quarter.

“It was a slow start, just coming back from (the holidays),” Centennial guard Kai Clarke said.

Clarke’s in his second season with the Spartans after transferring from the Louise Arbour Eagles of Brampton.

The Spartans sank seven three-pointers Monday with Clarke getting four of them.

“I (shoot them) when they’re available,” he said. “I feel I can get to the rim mostly anytime, so I just shoot the three when they’re backing off of me. But I like to create for my teammates, mostly.”

Jackson Wallace led the Spartans with 27 points while Clarke collected 21. Jackson Davidson had 18 and Cameron Powell netted 12.

Kelvin Nkubito had 17 points for St. James while David Farrelly had 13, Josh Sims 11 and Hayden Le Grand and Michael Fonte eight apiece.

The Spartans have won all nine of their league outings. Lourdes Crusaders and Ross Royals are tied for second at 6-2 while the Guelph CVI Green Gaels are fourth at 4-4 and St. James is fifth at 3-6.

While things have been going well for the defending D10 champs, they know they’ll have to up their game in the second half of the season if they hope to keep their title and advance beyond the CWOSSA tournament.

“I feel we have to focus a bit more and dial in,” Clarke said. “We’re good, but there are a lot of stuff we can get better on.”

 

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