Falcons deal Warriors decisive defeat
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor Though it was close early on – the Warriors even had a brief lead at one point – Holy Trinity’s senior boys basketball team lived up to its powerhouse tradition, dealing host Tagwi a decisive 87-32 loss.
The Nov. 28 SDGAA season opener began slowly, with neither team able to drop a bucket in the first two minutes.
HT’s Kaelin Larin finally cracked the goose egg on the scoreboard, but Tagwi’s Brigham Hill replied at once, sinking a three-pointer from long range to put the Warriors in front.
However, that seemed to light a fire under the Holy Trinity offence, which proceeded to go on a 9-0 run.
The Falcons held a 17-5 lead after one quarter of play, increasing the margin significantly in the second quarter. The score stood at 44-13 at halftime.
Alex Dovas, from HT, was the game’s top scorer, with 20 points. Teammate Mishal Iqbal had 18.
Ryan Iwachniuk counted 10 points to lead the Warriors, while Tanner Brugmans had 7.
Marc Poirier, head coach of the Falcons, says, “Tim Oribine (assistant coach) and I believe that we have a strong local team, but like most years at the ‘AA’ level, we will be hard pressed to get out of EOSSAA and move on to OFSAA. The nice thing is that we get to host EOSSAA at HT this year”
In addition to league play, the Falcons have five tournaments on their schedule.
In Arnprior on Nov. 23-24, the boys won the ‘B’ championship, over Bishop Smith CHS (Pembroke). In round-robin play, the Falcons beat Arnprior and St. Lawrence, and lost to Almonte by 6 points.
Upcoming tournaments for Holy Trinity’s senior boys: Dec. 7-8 at Ashbury College ( Ottawa), Dec. 14-15 at Regiopolis-Notre Dame (Kingston), Jan. 11-12 for the Jaguar Classic (Nepean), and Feb. 1-2 at Nicholson Catholic College (Belleville).
On her Tagwi Warriors, head coach Lori MacDonald offers, “The team was taking chances, and I like that.”
She admits that this strategy results in “more turnovers than I would have liked, but at least [the Warriors] weren't simply playing it safe all of the time.”
In addition, MacDonald believes that the approach may have been successful against a basketball team with less experience than the Falcons.
“We were out-rebounded pretty badly, and the team needs to get back on defence quicker than they were.”