League play un­der­way

Wild­cats boys, Ma­raud­ers girls post wins on open­ing night

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

The Syd­ney Academy Wild­cats boys and Me­mo­rial Ma­raud­ers girls picked up where they left off on Tues­day.

The teams that cap­tured their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions at the an­nual tipoff tour­na­ment opened the 2017-18 Cape Bre­ton High School Bas­ket­ball League with vic­to­ries on their re­spec­tive courts.

At Syd­ney Academy, the Wild­cats boys posted a 98-58 vic­tory over the Riverview Roy­als, in a re­match of the tipoff fi­nal.

Ja­son Cal­laghan led the Wild­cats and all scor­ers with 21 points, while Dante Giovannetti fol­lowed with 19, Michale Clarke scored 14 and Adam Cal­laghan net­ted 11. For Riverview, Cor­son O’Rourke scored 14 points and Ethan Mer­lin chipped in 10.

In Syd­ney Mines, the host Me­mo­rial girls were paced by Belle McKee with 13 points in a 69-45 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Glace Bay Pan­thers.

Sarah Tay­lor scored 12 as well for Me­mo­rial, while Christina Thomas scored 11 and Makayla MacKen­zie added 10. Me­mo­rial held a 35-22 lead at half­time.

Glace Bay replied with a game-high 19-point ef­fort from Emily MacLeod. Kassie MacKin­non scored 10.

In other girls ac­tion, the Riverview Roy­als posted a 72-59 win over the Syd­ney Academy Wild­cats at SA gym.

Haily MacLeod led the Roy­als at­tack with 18 points, fol­lowed by Nalini Ma­haraj with 16 and both Katie MacDon­ald and Tay­lor Cole­man with 10 apiece.

For Syd­ney Academy, Amy Lynch scored 18, Cas­sidy La­porte fol­lowed with 16 and Alisha Hoban net­ted 15 in the set­back.

Riverview held a 36-25 ad­van­tage at the half.

League ac­tion con­tin­ues on two fronts tonight. The Me­mo­rial Ma­raud­ers boys will host the Glace Bay Pan­thers at 6:30 p.m., while the Bre­ton Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre Bears will chal­lenge the SAERC Saints at BEC gym, an­other 6:30 p.m. start.

CHRIS­TIAN ROACH/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Coby Tu­ni­cliff of the Riverview Roy­als, left, takes the ball past half as Syd­ney Wild­cats player Jar­rett Wil­son plays de­fence dur­ing the reg­u­lar-sea­son opener for both teams in the Cape Bre­ton High School Bas­ket­ball League at Syd­ney Academy on Tues­day. Syd­ney Academy won, 98–58.

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