Se­nior Gaels pre­vail in bas­ket­ball thriller

The Glengarry News - - Sports in the Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor After drop­ping the SD&G high school boys se­nior bas­ket­ball opener by three points to St. Lawrence back on Nov. 28, the Glen­garry Dis­trict High School Gaels have gone on to win four straight games, in­clud­ing a thriller on Mon­day in Alexan­dria that was one for the ages.

With the tra­di­tional pow­er­house St. Joseph’s Pan­thers in town, the Gaels ex­pected a bat­tle, and they got it. This one came right down to the wire. With un­der three min­utes re­main­ing in the game, Gael Lochlan Mac­Don­ald, from the side of the arc, drained a three-pointer to tie the match at 45-45.

Glen­garry soon re­gained pos­ses­sion, hold­ing the of­fen­sive zone un­til Ethan At­tridge could find a lane to the bas­ket, driv­ing for the go-ahead points.

With 1:27 left, Gaels coach Kather­ine Adams called time­out to plot de­fen­sive strat­egy.

When play re­sumed, the Glen­garry boys ini­tially con­tained the Pan­thers, hold­ing them to a cou­ple of week shots as time dwin­dled away. How­ever, then came the foul – the Gaels took two in quick suc­ces­sion, though St. Joseph’s man­aged to shoot just one-for-four from the line.

On the last miss, though, the Pan­thers cor­ralled the of­fen­sive re­bound, restor­ing their lead by a point.

With the clock show­ing 4.9 sec­ond re­main­ing, there was a stop­page in play for a jump ball. The Gaels in­bounded in their of­fen­sive zone, set­ting up a shot that de­flected off the rim to At­tridge, who sunk the bas­ket that put Glen­garry in front once again, as the boys and spec­ta­tors erupted in ju­bil­la­tion. Not quite done though. A lengthy de­lay en­sued, as the of­fi­cials con­ferred. Ini­tially, the clock showed 0.9 sec­onds, but then it was changed to 1.6, be­fore fi­nally to 0.6, much to the dis­plea­sure of the St. Joseph’s coach, who voiced his thoughts to one of the ze­bras.

Fi­nally play was back on, and the Pan­thers got a shot away on the buzzer, only to see it de­flect off the rim and see the Gaels snag the vic­tory, 49-48.

St. Joseph’s won each of the first three quar­ters and held a 44-35 edge go­ing into the fi­nal pe­riod, where Glen­garry outscored the vis­i­tors 14-4.

At­tridge led his team of­fen­sively, with 20 points, most com­ing in the sec­ond half. Mac­Don­ald and Dove Rick­erd each had a pair of treys.

The Gaels ear­lier wins were against la Ci­tadelle (56-15), l’Her­itage (52-43), and CCVS (46-40). The boys are now off un­til Jan. 8, when they will play at Tagwi.

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