Mus­tangs play­ing Reds in con­so­la­tion fi­nal

De­nis Mor­ris makes the most of sec­ond op­por­tu­nity as a wild card

The Niagara Falls Review - - Sports - BERND FRANKE Re­gional Sports Ed­i­tor

A con­so­la­tion semi­fi­nal be­tween the Saint Michael Mus­tangs and the Saint Paul Pa­tri­ots at the Tri­bune Girls Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment Fri­day in Wel­land is a story that will be con­tin­ued.

While the Mus­tangs ad­vanced to the B fi­nal against the De­nis Mor­ris Reds on the strength of a 58-47 vic­tory, the Pa­tri­ots can avenge that loss when the Ni­a­gara Falls high schools re­sume their crosstown ri­valry with a reg­u­lar-sea­son game next week.

Aliyah Glaze, Lau­ren Carter and Julie Man­low net­ted 20, 18 and 14 points, re­spec­tively, as Saint Michael won its sec­ond in a row af­ter los­ing in over­time to

the E.L. Cross­ley Cy­clone in the qual­i­fy­ing round of the four­day, 14-team tour­na­ment.

Head coach Ron Bobyk said the Mus­tangs found it dif­fi­cult to re­bound to a loss that bounced them to the B side of the bracket.

“We only had seven play­ers, so the girls ob­vi­ously were start­ing to get wore out,” he said. “There was a lit­tle bit of men­tal fa­tigue, turnovers hap­pen.” That said, he gave the Cy­clone credit for the win.

“Cross­ley is re­ally a nice team, they have a nice, bal­anced at­tack, young,” said Bo-

that was a key point in the game.”

Dhillon turned aside 37 Colts shots as Ni­a­gara held a 42-39 shot ad­van­tage.

The two teams will now meet again Satur­day in Bar­rie as the IceDogs open a three-game road trip with stops in Sud­bury and Erie as well.

“It was good week, a lot of video, hard week and hard on the guys but it turned out al­right and the guys sure played great tonight,” Burke said.

“It will be a com­pletely dif­fer­ent game (Satur­day). They’re al­ways very hard to play at home. They can score in bunches as well, so we have to make sure we’re ready for them.”

’Dog Bis­cuits: Liam Ham, Drew Hunter and Eli­jah Roberts – all lower body - were not in the lineup for the IceDogs ... Mak­si­mov and Ben Jones have reg­is­tered at least a point in all seven Ni­a­gara games this sea­son ... The IceDogs hon­oured for­mer St. Catharines Teepee Stan Mikita be­fore the game as his for­mer line­mates Bob Corupe and Bob Ewer joined St. Catharines Mayor Wal­ter Sendzik at cen­tre ice for the cer­e­mo­nial puck drop and watched as a Mikita ban­ner was un­rav­eled in be­tween the two Teepees cham­pi­onship ban­ners at Merid­ian Cen­tre. For­mer Teepees Pat Sta­ple­ton and Terry McGuire were also in at­ten­dance.

JULIE JOCSAK THE ST. CATHARINES STAN­DARD

Josee Sev­erin of the St. Paul Pa­tri­ots and Julie Man­low of the Saint Michael Mus­tangs fight for the ball.

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