11:30 a.m., Feb. 23)
Wolverines win pair of medals at Mike O'Connor tourney
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
left a lot of points at the free throw line, but defensively I thought we played
great, especially considering their size," said Thompson.
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.
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.
Wolverines other medal-winning performance was turned in by the U13
AA squad which defeated the Brookwood Bullets 39-25 to claim the bronze.
falling behind 6-3 in the first four minutes the Wolverines went on a
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.
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.
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.
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."
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