Matthew advances to third round of OFSAA championship tournament
By Fred Sherwin
St. Matthew Tigers moved one step closer to their goal of playing for the OFSAA
'AAA' basketball championship this morning after downing the Bawating Braves 67-45
to advance to the third round of the OFSAA tournament.
16th seeded Braves were able to keep pace with the top seeded Tigers through the
first five minutes of the game before St. Matt's went on a 12-0 run to take a
22-8 lead after the oening quarter.
managed to stop the bleeding in the second stanza, but the team from Sault Ste.
Marie was unable to close the gap on the scoreboard and by halftime the St. Matt's
enjoyed a 15 point advantage up 35-20.
Tigers got baskets from five different players in the first half, including Tyson
Hinz who led all scorers with 14 points and was six for eight from the fould line.
the break the Tigers nailed their first three shots from the floor to go up 41-20
and by the end of the third quarter they had extended their lead to 26 points.
the fourth quarter the NCSAA champs were firing on all cylinders. A pair of three
point baskets by Scott Ring and Gavin Resch, along with a pair of field goals
by Hinz and Jeremy Leonard Smith, would give the Tigers an insurmountable 35 point
there, coach Jason Wren made wholesale substitutions to give his bench some playing
time. The Braves were able to take advantage of some mismatches to narrow the
deficit to 67-45 before the final buzzer put an end to the lopsided affair.
the game, fifth year senior Garnet Blais said the Tigers are brimming with confidence
as they try to chase down the provincial title.
feeling pretty good. We have strengths in every department, for the most part.
We're a pretty solid team. We don't have very many weaknesses," said Blais.
surprisingly, Coach Wren was a little more subdued in his assessment of how the
team is doing.
thought we had a really good first half and then we gave up to many shots in the
second half. But all in all it was just another step in what we hope to accomplish
here," said Wren.
was the game's top scorer with 21 points while Blais added 14 and Leonard-Smith
and Kyle Ring scored 11 points each.
the win, the Tigers were hoping to avenge their only loss of the season to St.
Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School from Oakville in tonight's third round game,
but the third seeded Hawks were knocked out of the tournament by the number eight
seed Oakridge Oaks from London in one of seven other second round games this morning.
Tigers lost to Loyola in the second round of the All -Catholic Provincial Championships
in last month to give them their only loss against 42 wins so far this season.
The Tigers will be hoping to make it 43 when they take the floor against the Oaks
at Ridgemont High School this evening Tip-off time is 6 p.m.
1:30 p.m., March 10)
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