Fal­cons deal War­riors de­ci­sive de­feat

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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.”

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