Game 1: #2 Holy Trinity (62) vs. #3 Smiths Falls (52)
(Holy Trinity roared out to an early 24 to 7 lead. Trinity's lightning-quick Ben Joseph, who had 14 points, got to the rack repeatedly causing all kind of problems for the Redhawk defence. Smiths Falls fought back though and by the late third quarter they had their own 9 point lead. Smiths Falls' Liam Nesbitt made five 3-pointers and Devin Wilkinson added 16 points. The lead changed again though, as Trinity shot the ball exceedingly well and increased their defensive intensity. Trinity's Thomas LeGallais was on fire all game lon; he had 27 points including six 3-pointers. The Falls had to foul to stop the clock and weren't able to catch up. Great game!)
Game 2: #1 Bayridge (63) vs. #4 St. Mike's (53)
(This was a sea-saw battle in the first half with both teams taking turns leading. St Mike's was up by one at the quarter while Bayridge was then up by 1 at half. Bayridge's depth became a problem for St. Mike's in the second half. Foul trouble sent St. Mike's captain Cole Brookson to the bench in the third which opened up the floor for Bayridge's star guard Kierson Sizer. Bayridge broke the game open, leading by double digits and forcing St. Mike's into a desperate full court press. Bayridge handled the pressure well for the most part and maintained at least a 6 to 8 point lead for much of the fourth quarter. St. Michael sharp-shooter Liam Glenn had 16. Bayridge's scoring was balanced with Sizer, Fehr, and Macklem all in double digits. Bayridge by 10.)
Game 3: #2 Holy Trinity (60) vs. #6 Casselman (33)
(Holy Trinity earned a place in the championship final with this victory over Casselman. Casselman was a little overwhelmed but their coach was happy to see the players competing hard.)
Game 4: #1 Bayridge (54) vs. #5 Arnprior (28)
(Bayridge defeated the defending champions for a spot in this year's championship game. Bayridge had balanced scoring again with every player recording points on the scresheet.)
Game 5: #3 Smiths Falls (39) vs. #6 Casselman (17)
(Smiths Falls ended their season with a win with their coach rewarding the supporting players with plenty of court time. Casselman again competed hard from start to finish.)
Game 6: #4 St. Mike's (50) vs. #5 Arnprior (29)
(St. Mike's also ended their season with a win. Both teams played loose and had some fun.)
Game 7: Championship Game
Holy Trinity versus Bayridge
The game opened up with Bayridge taking control and staying in the driver's seat for the whole first half. It was 34 to 22 at the break. The following is the real-time blog that was posted on the tournament website for the second half:
*The HT half time speech must have been fiery! With 5:49 left in the third quarter, Bayridge leads 34 to 33. HT opened on a 9 to 0 run before a Bayridge timeout.
*HT has taken their first lead. 37 to 36 with 3:17 remaining in the third quarter
*end of the third quarter: 41 to 38 for HT. Bayridge has gone cold - we'll see what happens in the 4th!
*6:01 remaining 45-41 for HT. Bayridge is shooting bonus.
*5:30 remaining. Tie game 45 each. Bayridge is now driving to the hoop and using it's post players.
*3:37 remaining. 46 to 46.
*3:24 remaining HT's #23 Ben Joseph has fouled out. A major blow.
*2:43 remaining: HT pulls ahead 51 to 48. Timeout.
*1:57 remaining: tied at 51 !!!!
*Bayridge is up 54 to 51 - 50 seconds left.
*23 seconds left. HT has the ball. They are down 3. Coming out of their last timeout.
*HT's #35 Thomas LeGallais, who has had a great tourney, took the shot and missed. Bayridge wins 54-51.
Very exciting final with great support from the stands for both teams.
This was a very competitve tournament with not much separating the top 4 teams. Eastern Ontario basketball looks like it will be very competitve for the next few years!
- CoachFin wrote:
- You can check out the participants, seeding, and schedule for the AA Junior Boys Basketball EOSSAA tournament here:
The tournament takes place on Wednesday, February 22 at St. Michael CHS in Kemptville. There is a $2 entry fee to see the games.