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Senior Boys Basketball
St. Matthew Tigers remain unbeaten after 25-point blowout over Louis Riel
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The St. Matthew Tigers senior boys basketball team continued to prove why they're one of the top ranked teams in the province on Monday by blowing out the
Louis Riel Rebelles 69-44 to improve their record to 35-0.

The two teams went into the game after having played in the Clint Dunning High School Classic on the weekend. St. Matthew won the tournament which was held at the University of Ottawa, while the Rebellles won the consolation final after being upset in their second game.

Their only previous match-up before Monday was in a pre-season game which the Tigers won by a half-dozen points. The Rebelles went into the contest having won their last five regular season games in a row after opening the campaign with a 56-48 loss to Colonel By. They had also averaged more then 90 points a game in their last four.

The Tigers, meanwhile, are known for their aggressive defence which made for a highly anticipated match-up. The game was relatively close through most of the first quarter with both teams trading baskets. Then with the score tied 12-12, the Tigers went on an incredible 24 point run to blow the game wide open.

The Rebelles went nearly eight minutes without scoring a single point. When they finally did score with 1:32 left in the first half it was from the free throw line. Louis Riel was a dismal 0-for-13 from the field in the second quarter and had missed 15 straight shots before the first half mercifully came to an end.

The Tigers, meanwhile, had baskets from six different players including Scott Ring who drained all four of his shots in the first half including a three-pointer. His brother Kyle Ring was 5-for-7 with three treys.

St. Matt's continued to pile it on in the third quarter and at one point opened up a 34-point lead before putting it into cruise control and letting their back-up players get some floor time.

The Tigers top scorer was Tyson Hinz with 18 points. He hit a pair of three-point shots and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. He also hauled down seven rebounds. The Ring brothers finished the game with 13 points each. The Rebelles top scorer was Jean-Yves Kazadia with 12 points.

After the game, Rebelles head coach Martin Gauthier was left searching for answers for his team's disappointing performance.

"We didn't hit our shots, it's as simple as that. Some of our key guys weren't able to get off scoring wise and St. Matt's is too good a shooting team to let them get a big lead," said Gauthier, who also thought his players might have been a little too hyped up before the game.

The Louis Riel coach is hoping his team learned a valuable lesson in defeat.

"I'm hoping it will be a wake-up call," said Gauthier. "When you're blowing teams out the way we have been, it's hard to stay focused for the whole game. I think we're definitely able to run with St. Matt's. We just have to learn to stay focused through all four quarters."

The only time Tigers head coach Jason Wren has to worry about his team being properly focused is when they have too much time off between games.

"We're worse when we sit. These guys would play every day if they could," said Wren who believes his players greatet asset has been to take every game as it comes. "It's not about a winning streak. It's not about looking ahead. It's about just going out to play and taking care of business."

The Tigers will wrap up their regular season schedule against the Nepean Rams on Thursday before heading off to the All-Catholic High School Championships on the weekend.

At this point, they are far and away the prohibitive favourites to win the NCSSAA championships which get underway next week. They've beaten the Glebe Gryphons three times and they spanked the Sir Robert Borden Bengals, who are unbeaten in league play, by more nearly 20 points in a mid-season tournament.

Should they win the NCSSAA 'AAA' championship, they will represent the region at the OFSAA provincial championships which are being held in Ottawa from March 9-11.

St. Mathew
Tigers
FG
3-PT
FT
REB
A
S
BLK

PTS

Tyson Hinz
4-10
2
8-8
7
0
0
0
18
Scott Ring
6-7
1
0-0
4
0
0
0
13
Kyle Ring
5-8
3
0-0
1
1
1
0
13
Jeremy
Leonard-Smith
3-6
0
1-1
2
0
0
0
7
Garnet Blais
2-6
0
2-4
6
0
0
2
6
Gavin Resch
2-5
1
1-1
2
0
1
0
6
Jason Faucault
1-3
0
0-0
1
1
0
0
2
# 22
1-2
0
0-0
2
0
0
0
2
# 11
1-1
0
0-0
2
0
0
0
2
Team totals
25-48
7
12-14
27
2
2
2
69

(Posted 10:30 p.m., Feb. 3)

 

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