Ascension, Laval compete in basketball tournie
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.
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.