As­cen­sion, Laval com­pete in bas­ket­ball tournie

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@CB­N­com­

The As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros boys’ bas­ket­ball team claimed two vic­to­ries at the Keith Keat­ing Memo­rial high school boys’ bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment.

The team from Bay Roberts went 1-1 in round-robin play and won its lone game in the con­so­la­tion round at the three-day tour­na­ment, held Jan. 2-4 in Mount Pearl and St. John’s. The Cava­liers from Pla­cen­tia’s Laval High School went 0-3 at the same tour­na­ment.

As­cen­sion lost its first game on day one of the tour­na­ment to Holy Heart High­landers se­nior B team, who went on to cap­ture the Tier 2 ti­tle, by a score of 70-44. For­ward Matthew Sparkes earned player of the game hon­ours for the Astros and was later named one of the 12 tour­na­ment all-stars.

In its next game, As­cen­sion dom­i­nated St. Kevin’s from Goulds, win­ning 86-44. For­ward Matt Coombs was named As­cen­sion’s player of the game.

Fail­ing to qual­ify for the play­offs while fin­ish­ing sec­ond in its divi- sion, As­cen­sion de­feated High Per­for­mance 1 team 78-57 in the con­so­la­tion round. Astros point guard Nick Clarke earned player of the game hon­ours for the win­ning side. Clarke was also part of the five-per­son team that won the tour­na­ment’s skills com­pe­ti­tion.

Gon­zaga’s B team de­feated Laval 67-45 Fri­day in the open­ing match for both teams. An­drew Kelly was the Cava­liers’ player of the game.

The High Per­for­mance 1 team beat Laval 59-39 the fol­low­ing day. Guard Jor­dan Pomeroy was named player of the game for the Cava­liers.

In its fi­nal match of the tour­na­ment, the Cava­liers lost to Bishops by a score of 52-39. Tyler Whit­tle was named Laval’s best player in that game.

The tour­na­ment’s name­sake was a long-time bas­ket­ball coach who died in 2013 fol­low­ing a fouryear bat­tle with stom­ach and liver can­cer. The week­end tour­na­ment raised $16,500 for the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Can­cer Care Foun­da­tion in St. John’s.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros for­ward Matthew Sparkes was named a tour­na­ment all-star at the Keith Keat­ing Memo­rial high school boys’ bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment. He is shown here par­tic­i­pat­ing in the all-star game.

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