Spartans top Royals to stand as lone unbeaten squad in senior hoops
GUELPH – And then there was one.
The Centennial Spartans stand as the lone undefeated squad in District 10 high school senior boys’ basketball play after they handed the previously unbeaten Ross Royals a 77-67 setback Thursday at Ross.
The Spartans came back from a single-point deficit at the end of the first quarter to shoot ahead for good in the second quarter of the tense match.
“It was very physical,” Centennial coach Rob Conroy said. “Any time you come in this building it’s physical. (Ross coach) Bill (Price) does a good job with his guys. They’re hard on the boards and it’s a tough gym to win in.”
While the battle was for first place, the Spartans didn’t place any extra emphasis on it.
“We still haven’t seen (Lourdes Crusaders) so we don’t know what to expect so we’re just taking it one day at a time,” Conroy said.
Ross led 19-18 at the completion of the opening quarter before Centennial grabbed a 40-31 lead by the end of the first half. The Spartans remained ahead 54-48 at the end of the third quarter.
Jackson Wallace led Centennial with 21 points while Cameron Powell had 19, Kai Clarke added 16 and Sebsatian Harman-den Hoed had eight.
Gatlang Pout led all scorers with 28 points for Ross while Cole Miller had 19 and Ryan Kielar chipped in with nine.
Centennial leads the league at 6-0 while Ross and Lourdes are tied for second at 5-1. St. James Lions are fourth at 3-3 while the Bishop Macdonell Celtics and Guelph CVI Green Gaels are tied for fifth at 2-4, Centre Wellington Falcons are seventh at 1-5 and Orangeville Bears trail at 0-6.
“We’ve played a lot of basketball so we’re ready for a break,” Conroy said. “We’re looking forward to Christmas.”
The Spartans and most of the rest of the D10 teams will be in action at the University of Guelph Friday and Saturday in the second annual Tom Heslip tournament. Championship match is set for Saturday at 6:10 p.m.
Lourdes 58 Bishop Macdonell 43
Sebastian Porcellato led Lourdes with 21 points while Alex Basciano had 12 and Jacob Porcellato added eight.
Adam McLean netted 17 for Bishop Mac and Ramez Kridli and Matt MacEachern contributed eight apiece.
St. James 52 Centre Wellington 46
David Farrelly had 10 for St. James while Adam MacPherson and Kelvin Nkubito chipped in with nine apiece.
Johnny Barclay collected 10 for Centre Wellington and Owen Fox and Aiden Davy each had nine.
Guelph CVI 78 Orangeville 57
Rylan Ninaber struck for 33 points for GCVI while Aiden Carroll had nine.
Orangeville’s leading scorers were not reported.
Lourdes 53 Bishop Macdonell 20
Aidan Doucette and Simon Porcellato connected for 14 points apiece for Lourdes while Joshua Cadete had 12 and Lucas Coulson added seven.
Nick Poloniato led Bishop Mac with six.
Orangeville 62 Guelph CVI 44
Scoring leaders not reported.
Ross 63 Centennial 58
Robert Vosper had 26 points for Ross while Daniel Wang added 21.
Centennial also had two players top the 20-point plateau as Johnny Beaton had 26 and Jaylen Phillip added 23.
Centre Wellington 62 St. James 45
Blake Dickinson hit for 17 points for Centre Wellington and Benny Miller added 16.
Lawrence Asuacios and Owen Tyler each netted eight for St. James.
- Guelph Sports Journal