Adam Scott Lions head into cham­pi­onships Satur­day

Green and White bas­ket­ball show­down Satur­day at noon

The Peterborough Examiner - - Front Page - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Di­rec­tor Mike.Davies @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

The Adam Scott Lions learned a les­son ear­lier this week and now have a chance to win their eighth an­nual Green and White se­nior boys’ high school bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment.

The Lions avenged a 48-45 loss to crosstown ri­val St. Peter’s Saints in league play on Tues­day with a 63-48 win in tour­na­ment semi­fi­nals Fri­day at Adam Scott Col­le­giate.

The Lions will face Markham’s Mid­dle­field, the tour­na­ment’s de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, at noon on Satur­day at Adam Scott. Both teams are 2-0. The Lions also beat Bow­manville 67-50 on the strength of Zach De­line’s 31 points. Mid­dle­field beat the Thomas A. Ste­wart Griffins 70-18 in their open­ing game and Belleville’s Nicholson 56-54 in semi­fi­nals.

The se­nior Lions have dom­i­nated the Kawartha re­gion for sev­eral sea­sons but the Saints caught their at­ten­tion in the open­ing game of the league sched­ule.

“It was nice to get re­venge tonight,” said De­line. “It’s al­most good early in the sea­son to lose like that. It’s a wake-up call. We re­sponded by beat­ing TASSS yesterday and then we won twice to­day.”

Lions head coach Steve De­line, Zach’s fa­ther, said they learned some lessons on Tues­day.

“It was a ma­jor wake-up call,” said Steve De­line.

“We didn’t ap­pre­ci­ate the cal­i­bre of team that St. Peter’s can be and they cer­tainly real­ized it by the end re­sult.

“It’s an aware­ness that you have to work hard and con­sis­tently for 32 min­utes.”

He thought it was an im­proved ef­fort this time around.

“I saw a lit­tle bit more dis­ci­pline in our ex­e­cu­tion which hurt us on Tues­day in our of­fen­sive sets. We showed a lit­tle more en­ergy and ef­fort on our de­fen­sive side of the ball. We gave up some easy bas­kets on Tues­day and weren’t work­ing hard enough and sup­port­ing each other in a one-v-one sit­u­a­tion.”

John Par­sons led the Lions against St. Peter’s with 14 points while Josh Deller-Hadzi had 11 and Daniel Schultz net­ted eight. An­dre Stevens topped the Saints with 11 points while Andy Fredericks had eight and Damien Che­ung five.

St. Peter’s coach Brent Clay­don felt fa­tigue was a fac­tor this time around.

“We’ve had a lot of bas­ket­ball,” said Clay­don.

“This is our eighth game in the last eight days. We were in a tour­na­ment in Durham last week­end where we played four so my guys were show­ing a lit­tle bit of fa­tigue to­day. We’re try­ing to share our min­utes around be­cause we have a cou­ple of play­ers away on hol­i­days. We knew what to ex­pect this week­end. We wanted to work through some me­chan­ics and what­ever hap­pens, hap­pens.”

While the Saints feel they’re in a po­si­tion to push the Lions for a Kawartha ti­tle this year they won’t get the op­por­tu­nity this time.

For the first time the league is di­vid­ing its play­offs into sep­a­rate AAA, AA and A high school tour­na­ments.

The AAA Saints won’t see the AA Lions come play­offs.

“I’d like to think, re­al­is­ti­cally, we are co-favourites,” said Clay­don.

“As well as they’ve been do­ing in AA our St. Peter’s teams have been per­form­ing well in AAA. We’ve won AAA COSSA the last two years at junior and we have a sound group of kids who have been mov­ing through to the se­nior ranks.

“We’re deep. We can go 12 deep in any game de­pend­ing on the match-ups.”

A re­sult of the sec­ond game for the Griffins, the only other lo­cal school in the tour­na­ment, was un­avail­able at press time. Colling­wood with­drew from the tour­na­ment on Fri­day morn­ing due to in­clement road con­di­tions in their re­gion.

Adam Scott fielded a sec­ond team of junior play­ers and some se­niors to re­place them but their re­sults didn’t count in the stand­ings.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Adam Scott Lions' Zach De­line drives to the net be­tween Bow­manville High School's Jonas Web­ber (31) and Nathan Buchanan dur­ing the open­ing game of the Green & White Se­nior Boys' High School Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment Fri­day at Adam Scott Col­le­giate.

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