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(Posted 11:30 a.m., Feb. 23)
Gloucester Wolverines win pair of medals at Mike O'Connor tourney
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Members of the Gloucester Wolverines Major Atom AA team pose for a group picture after winning the silver medal at the Mike O'Connor Memorial Basketball Tournament on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Gloucester-Cumberland Basketball Association held the 14th annual Mike O'Connor Memorial Tournament on the weekend with 47 teams seeing action in eight different divisions ranging from Major Atom to Junior.

The lone Gloucester Wolverine team to make it to the finals was the Major Atom A squad which survived the loss of four players to win their semi-final against the Kanata Cavaliers. All four players fouled out down the stretch as the Wolverines held on for dear life.

Unfortunately, in the gold medal game against the Belleville Spirits from Montreal, it was the Wolverines inability to capitalize on their opponents fouls that ended up costing them the game.

The Wolverines went to the free throw line 37 times, but only managed to sink eight foul shots in losing the game 29-21. By comparison the Spirits went 1-for-9 in the free throw department.

The Spirits led from start to finish, jumping out to a 6-3 lead in the first four minutes. They extended their lead to seven points in the second quarter before the Wolverines managed to get to back to within a basket on a long range buzzer beater by Michelle Rhodes (9) to end the second half.

The third quarter was all Belleville as Anna Brennan (11) and Nicole Loveys (33) began to dominate under the boards hauling in seven rebounds between them. As the fourth quarter got under way, the Spirits had a comfortable seven point lead up 23-16.

The Wolverines had a chance to get back into the game in the final four minutes but eight straight misses from the free throw line finally did them in. After the game, Wolverines head coach Perry Thompson chose to focus on his team's excellent defensive play rather than dwell on the dismal free throw shooting.

"We left a lot of points at the free throw line, but defensively I thought we played great, especially considering their size," said Thompson.

The Wolverines top scorer was Elizabeth Peters (3) who bucked the trend in going 4-for-9 from the free throw line on her way to scoring 10 points.

The team of 10- and 11-year-olds has come a long way since a pre-season seeding tournament in Kanata where they lost every game by 20 to 30 points and were well-deserving of the silver medal.

The Wolverines other medal-winning performance was turned in by the U13
Major Bantam AA squad which defeated the Brookwood Bullets 39-25 to claim the bronze.

After falling behind 6-3 in the first four minutes the Wolverines went on a
19-4 run to take a 22-10 lead at the end of half thanks to the play of Teeghan Rambo and Caitlin Salvino who was the game's top scorer with 11 points.

Teammate Taylor Wells drained her first three shots in the second half to extend the Wolverines lead to 28-13. They would go up by as much as 18 points in the third quarter before cruising to a 39-25 win.

After the game head coach Geoff Wells was quick to give a great deal of the credit for the win on his roll players many of whom had their best game of the year.

"They really stepped it up," said Wells. "This was our best effort of the year by far. We're really coming together at the right time. We beat the number three and number five teams in the province and Brookwood is the number two team in Quebec who beat the Shooting Stars in the round robin."

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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