Gaels ju­nior boys to host bas­ket­ball league play­offs

The Glengarry News - - Sports in the Glens - St. Lawrence High School is booked to host ju­nior ‘A’ EOSSAA on Feb. 24.

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor Af­ter a slow start to the sea­son where the GDHS Gaels ju­nior boys dropped their first two SDGAA league bas­ket­ball games, the squad got it to­gether to reel off the next seven straight, clinch­ing the right to host the play­offs in the process.

As coach Tr­ish Brown ex­plains, the Gaels ac­tu­ally fin­ished se­cond in the stand­ings, just be­hind St. Lawrence HS. How­ever, the Saints weren’t able to host the play­off tour­na­ment, as they are also hold­ing the se­nior event, so GD got the event in­stead.

Glen­garry’s most re­cent league win came Feb. 8 on their home court, where the Gaels got past Se­away 53-33.

The SD&G play­off tour­na­ment will be a one-day af­fair, set for Feb. 19 in Alexan­dria, in the main gym at GDHS.

At 10 a.m., the Gaels will take on the very same Spar­tans they beat last week. The other semi­fi­nal will see St. Lawrence play CCVS at 11:30 a.m. The cham­pi­onship game is booked for a 1:30 p.m. start.

Se­nior ‘A’ play­offs

Glen­garry’s se­nior squad squeaked into the play­offs in fourth place and will travel to St. Lawrence on Feb. 19 to take on the host Saints at 10 a.m. Char-Lan placed third and is booked to play Her­itage at 11:30 a.m.

In the reg­u­lar sea­son, when the Gaels played St. Lawrence, the Saints won hand­ily 70-19. Char-Lan’s meet­ing with Her­itage dur­ing league play also went in favour of their op­po­nents, as the Dragons pre­vailed 46-28.

The se­nior fi­nal will go at 1:30 p.m.

‘AA’ boys play­offs

Play­off ac­tion in the ‘AA’ loop is set for Feb. 18, with ju­nior games at St. Joseph’s and se­nior matches at Holy Trin­ity.

At the ju­nior tour­ney, the 9 a.m. first semi­fi­nal will have La Ci­tadelle and the host squad bat­tle, while the se­cond semi at 10:30 a.m. will see CCVS play Holy Trin­ity. The fi­nal is set for a 12:30 p.m. start.

Over at the Fal­cons’ Nest, the first semi­fi­nal will go at 11 a.m. be­tween Holy Trin­ity and CCVS, with the se­cond semi at 12:30 p.m. fea­tur­ing La Ci­tadelle and St. Joseph’s. The ti­tle tilt is set for 2:30 p.m.

EOSSAA

Gaels vs VCI

Last Fri­day, GDHS teams trav­elled to Van­kleek Hill to play ex­hi­bi­tion games against the VCI squads, which com­pete in the Prescot­tRus­sell high school league.

The ju­nior game saw the Gaels pre­vail 58-37, while in the se­nior match GD won 44-33.

Daryl Blondin has a trio of three-point­ers for the se­nior Gaels, with the of­fence oth­er­wise well-dis­trib­uted. Three play­ers – Alex Zar­ifi, David Mac­Mas­ter, and Ja­cob Steele – each had seven points.

The Rebels, as win­ners of three of their last four games, re­main in con­tention for the fi­nal play­off wild­card spot, but will likely need to win out and hope for some help in or­der to claim it.

The boys were sched­uled to play last night against the Stittsvill­e Roy­als.

Char-Lan’s last game of the reg­u­lar sea­son

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

LEAD­ER­SHIP: Vet­eran stu­dent-ath­lete Micheal Bis­son­nette will be counted upon to lead the GDHS se­nior Gaels when they com­pete in league play­offs this week.

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