Griffins shock Saints

TASSS ad­vances to face un­beaten Adam Scott Lions for Kawartha boys high school bas­ket­ball title this af­ter­noon

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - MIKE DAVIES EX­AM­INER SPORTS DI­REC­TOR mdavies@post­media.com

A Kawartha high school boys se­nior AAA bas­ket­ball title was be­yond Thomas A. Ste­wart Griffins coach Craig Muir’s pre-sea­son ex­pec­ta­tions.

But the Griffins did just that Thurs­day af­ter­noon de­feat­ing the St. Peter Saints 49-37 in the fi­nal at the TASSS gym. They’ll face the un­de­feated Adam Scott Lions for Kawartha brag­ging rights at 4:30 p.m. Fri­day at the Peter­bor­ough Sport and Well­ness Cen­tre. Adam Scott won the AA cham­pi­onship on Thurs­day beat­ing the Ken­ner Rams 62-34.

The Griffins jumped out to a 13-point half-time lead and the Saints never re­ally got much closer.

“I was re­ally proud of their ef­fort,” Muir said. “At the start of the year I don’t think the ex­pec­ta­tions were for us to be the No. 1 AAA team com­ing out of this re­gion. The guys made it their goal to get to and com­pete for the COSSA cham­pi­onship. The feather is in their cap. They’re the guys who put the ef­fort in and time and en­ergy. They came to prac­tice ev­ery day and worked hard all sea­son. They worked hard enough to de­serve a cham­pi­onship.”

Muir said his group did not have a lot of bas­ket­ball ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We had a lot of first-year guys and Kee­gan Whit­ney and Liam McRae came over from Adam Scott so they weren’t used to the sys­tem. We had a lot of guys who re­turned who did not have a lot of min­utes last year.”

Ryan Sim­mons led TASSS with 15 points, John Schultz had 13 and Daw­son Deck had six. Deck said they made up for a lack of ex­pe­ri­ence or of­fen­sive abil­ity by play­ing solid de­fence.

“We weren’t con­cerned with of­fence,” Deck said. “We made sure we got stops we needed on de­fence and made sure every­one got touches and a chance to shoot. We played as a team.” Deck said it was a grat­i­fy­ing win. “At the start of the sea­son we were a lit­tle raw,” Deck said. “The team re­ally pulled it to­gether and worked hard all sea­son to put to­gether some team wins. Most of us weren’t Thomas A. Ste­wart point guard Daw­son Deck goes for a layup as the Griffins hosted the St. Peter Saints in the Kawartha high school se­nior boys bas­ket­ball AAA fi­nal at TASSS on Thurs­day. TASSS won 49-37. See more pho­to­graphs from the game in the on­line gallery at www.thep­eter­bor­oughex­am­iner.com. ex­pect­ing to play city cham­pi­onships at sea­son’s end and for a lot of th­ese guys it’s their last year in high school so it’s huge for them to fi­nally make it to the city (cham­pi­onship) and COSSA.”

The Saints were led by Jack Dal­l­i­day with 10 points and Ryan Moodie with seven.

“They got up on us and were able to hang onto that,” said Saints coach David Shearer. “We weren’t able to ex­e­cute the way we wanted and they played tough D. The shots didn’t fall tonight. That’s the way it goes. They con­tested and made them tough shots.”

The Lions are 14-0 and haven’t lost a Kawartha game at se­nior in three years. They were led Thurs­day by Ke­van Sul­li­van’s 14 points while Luka Khor­bal­adaze and Thomas Lob­ster-Munn had nine.

Muir knows his team is in tough Fri­day.

“They’re a pol­ished vet­eran team with a lot of great ath­letes who are Thomas A. Ste­wart's Liam McRae con­trols the ball as the Griffins hosted the St. Peter Saints in the Kawartha high school se­nior boys bas­ket­ball AAA fi­nal at TASSS on Thurs­day. TASSS won 49-37. well coached,” Muir said. “We’re not look­ing to try to up­set them we’re look­ing to com­pete and learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence we’ll gain from play­ing in a cham­pi­onship game.”

In ju­nior ac­tion, St. Peter’s de­feated the Griffins 50-30 in the AAA fi­nal while the Holy Cross Hur­ri­canes up­set Adam Scott 64-48 in the AA fi­nal. The Saints and Hur­ri­canes will play for Kawartha brag­ging rights 3 p.m. Fri­day at the Well­ness Cen­tre.

TASSS will host COSSA AAA next Fri­day­whiletheCOSSAAA­fi­nal­swill go the same day in Bay of Quinte.

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