Senior Gaels prevail in basketball thriller
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.