Matt’s Tigers advance to senior boys hoops championship
By Fred Sherwin
St. Matthew Tigers senior boys basketball team is on the verge of winning the
schools first city championship in three years after downing the Glebe Gryphons
in a hotly-contested semi-final on Thursday.
the win, the Tigers have also guaranteed themselves a spot in the OFSAA 'AAA'
provincial championships which this year are being hosted by the National Capital
Secondary School Athletic Association.
Tigers looked as if they might run away from the Gryphons after jumping out to
an early 8-2 lead, but Glebe went on a 9-0 run to go up 11-8 by the end of the
lead changed hands several times in the second quarter, but a pair of three point
shots by Scott Ring and Garnet Blais would give the Tigers a
21-20 lead at
Matts was able to maintain a slight advantage on the scoreboard through
the third quarter and into the fourth. Then with about four minutes left to go
in the game they managed to open up an eight point lead on a pair of free throws
from Garnet Blais, who was a monster on the boards in the final five minutes,
and Gavin Resch who hit a huge, no look three-pointer to put the Tigers up 41-33.
to give up, the Gryphons responded with a quick three-point shot
of their own
and a pair of free throws to once again narrow the gap to three points.
the Tigers hanging on to a two point lead, Resch hit a pair of free throws with
56 seconds on the clock to give his team some breathing room.
Glebe hit a jump shot to get back to within two, they managed to force a jump
ball before St. Matts could call a timeout and ended up getting the ball
back on the possession arrow with 10 seconds left to go in the game.
the ensuing possession, Tyson Hinz was called for reaching in. With the game on
the line, the Glebe shooter missed both his shots and Scott Ring was able to gather
in the loose ball before getting hacked.
missing his first free throw, Ring drained his second shot to make it a three
point game with five seconds left. The Gryphons only chance was a three
point shot in the dying seconds, but Resch was able to get his fingertips on the
cross court pass to give the Tigers the win and a berth in the AAA final next
Tuesday night at the Ravens Nest.
win was especially big for the Tigers starting five who will be playing
in their first city championship in their final year at the school.
is unreal. Ive been at St. Matts for seven years and Ive never
played in a city championship, a jubilant Garnet Blais said after the game.
We have a great group of guys and hopefully well be able to pull it
head coach Jason Wren credited Blais for turning the tide in the team's favour
in the final quarter with his work under the glass at one point he hauled down
four defensive rebounds in row on four consecutive trips down the floor by the
have to give a lot of credit to Garnet. He really got after it, especially in
the fourth quarter. He was a monster," said Wren. "Before we went out
to start the second half, I reminded all the graduating players that this would
be their last home game on their home court and when they walk off they need to
walk off with no regrets."
Tigers will be playing the Sir Robert Bengals in the final which will be played
at Carleton University next Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Although both teams are undefeated
in league play, the Tigers have beaten the Bengals four times in tournament action.
9:30 a.m., Feb. 20)
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