St. James hangs on for senior hoops’ win

GUELPH – The St. James Lions decided they weren’t really in a giving mood after all in their District 10 high school senior boys’ basketball game Tuesday against the Guelph CVI Green Gaels.

After seeing a 20-point lead in the second half shrink to a one-point advantage by the end of the third quarter, the Lions buckled down a little to eke out a 66-63 win.

The Lions had led 20-9 at the end of the first quarter and got that lead up to 20 points before the Gaels started to chip away at it and managed to get the gap down to 16 points at halftime – 37-21. GCVI kept coming on their home court in the third quarter, narrowing the margin to 44-43 by the end of the quarter.

But St. James came out strong in the final quarter and seven points from Matt Sanvido helped give the Lions some breathing room. However, the Gaels didn’t go down easily, closing the distance to the Lions to three points in the final seconds, but they just couldn’t pull even.

Sanvido led St. James with a game-high 30 points while Alex Garbuio had 15 and Aidan Feeney netted 14.

Ben Tofil had 21 for GCVI with 15 going to Kyle Kush and 13 to Aiden Cvetich.

Centre Wellington Falcons lead the league at 9-0 while St. James is second at 7-2 and is followed by the Centennial Spartans at 6-2, Ross Royals at 6-3, GCVI at 4-5, Lourdes Crusaders at 2-7, Orangeville Bears at 1-7 and Bishop Macdonell Celtics at 0-9.


Ross 81 Bishop Macdonell 43

Riley Price led Ross with 24 points while Khaled Djabo followed with 16.

Zach Valiquette collected 16 for Bishop Mac while Caelan Fraser added eight.


Centre Wellington 68 Lourdes 52

Reigning league MVP Cole Newton returned to play his first game of the season for defending-champion Centre Wellington and he responded with 24 points. Younger brother Brock Newton added 14.

Geeth Kenneth had 15 for Lourdes while David Mokonen gathered 14.


Centennial at Orangeville

Game postponed.



Ross Royals top the league at 9-0 while Orangeville Bears are at 7-1, Lourdes Crusaders at 7-2, Centennial Spartans at 4-4, Guelph CVI Green Gaels at 4-5, Bishop Macdonell Celtics at 3-6, Centre Wellington Falcons at 1-8 and St. James Lions at 0-9.


Ross 53 Bishop Macdonell 36

Cole Miller’s 16 points led Ross while Lazar Stojanovic added 10.

Adam Cunningham netted 10 for Bishop Mac while Luca DeSando collected eight.


Lourdes 55 Centre Wellington 37

Kevin Martinez connected for 34 points for Lourdes.

Aiden Davy had 11 for Centre Wellington.


Guelph CVI 41 St. James 29

Tennessee Tremain struck for seven points for GCVI while Sammy Lapps contributed six.

Kelvin Nkubito had 12 for St. James while James Martin chipped in with six.


Centennial at Orangeville

Game postponed.

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