Les Dragons best the Raiders 64-42

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - OPINION - TODD HAM­BLE­TON tham­ble­[email protected]­media.com twit­ter.com/Free­hold­erTodd

The boys’ high school bas­ket­ball sea­son is a frag­mented one, with long breaks dur­ing the hol­i­days and then the exam pe­riod.

But for the 2019 por­tion of the cam­paign so far, the l’her­itage dragons se­niors are 2-0, go­ing to stay that way for a while, and pretty happy with their play of late.

“They’re very ea­ger to learn and they work hard ,” said first-year head coach dan legros on wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, af­ter a home-court 64-42 win against the Corn­wall Col­le­giate Golden raiders, one that fol­lowed up a 58-22 vic­tory on Mon­day in Iro­quois against the se­away spar­tans.

But that’s it for a while. ex­ams are ap­proach­ing and l’her­itage doesn’t play again un­til Jan. 30.

There’ll be more prac­tices be­fore then though, and legros knows they’ll be pro­duc­tive ones.

“we’ve had 100 per cent (at­ten­dance) at our (two) prac­tices each week,” he said.

when the dragons first gath­ered in the fall, legros wasn’t sure to ex­pect. he’d been a teacher and a multi-sport coach in ot­tawa for 15 years. But, be­ing from Corn­wall and rais­ing a young fam­ily in the city, legros de­cided he wanted to work at home too, and be­gan teach­ing at l’her­itage this school year.

ath­let­i­cally, he was com­ing to a school known for hav­ing strong vol­ley­ball teams.

“we have some good ath­letes here,” he said. “These guys are learn­ing to be­come bas­ket­ball play­ers, and they work re­ally well as a team.”

last fall, legros’ ap­proach was, “let’s see what we have here,” he re­counted.

he quickly dis­cov­ered the dragons have speed, are ag­gres­sive “and we can jump,” he said. “so we said let’s build our sys­tems around that, be a fast-break­ing team.”

now the dragons have a bit of mo­men­tum to start 2019 – and not too much con­cern about an­other long lay­off.

“It shouldn’t hurt us too much be­cause we’re not a big shoot­ing team,” said legros, whose a divi­sion club is 3-3 over­all, two of the set­backs against aa squads st. Joe’s and holy Trin­ity.

as for work­ing and coach­ing in his home­town, legros is thrilled about it.

“I wanted to get in­volved in my own com­mu­nity,” said legros, who this fall was an as­sis­tant coach with Kirby Cam­plin’s tyke wild­cats squad in the nCaFa league.

The dragons on wed­nes­day were led of­fen­sively by yan­nis Mi­dou, who had 23 points, and do­minic Pa­que­tte (20). an­thony Valin added 13 points and Vin­cent Blais added five.

devyn Bram­mall had 13 for CCVs, and Frank Tar­bell had 10. davis Cook-la­zore had 10 for the Golden raiders, and Codie Bram­mall added six.

TODD HAM­BLE­TON/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREE­HOLDER

L'Her­itage Dragons player An­thony Valin (15) look­ing to pass or shoot, while be­ing guarded by CCVS player Codie Bram­mall, in SD&G se­nior boys' high school bas­ket­ball ac­tion on Wed­nes­day in Corn­wall.

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