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Junior Boys Basketball
Knights go into exam break with share of first place
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Knights' McCainly Thomas goes up against his opposite number on the Lester B. Pearson Panthers during Fourth quarter action on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The St. Peter Knights junior boys basketball team is hoping a two break for exams won't hurt their chances of finishing in first place in the East Division and getting a top seed in the playoffs.

With one game left in the regular season against the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lancers, the Knights are tied at the top of the table with both the Lancers and the Louis-Riel Rebelles, all with identical 7-2 records.

A win against the Lancers would give them first place honours based on their downing the Rebelles earlier in the season. A loss would drop them to third place and give Louis-Riel the number one seed thanks to an early season win over the Lancers.

Before they could put themselves in position to possibly finish in first place, the Knights had to bounce back from a 68-49 loss to the Immaculata Saints last week and beat the Lester B. Pearson Panthers, who they faced on Wednesday.

As things turned out, the latter proved to be little more than a formality. After jumping out to a 23-8 first quarter lead, the Knights poured in 24 more points in the second quarter to take a 47-26 lead into the break.

It was much of the same in the third stanza, and by the start of the fourth quarter the Knights were making wholesale substitutions. In the end, they routed the Panthers 72-45.

Hughie Brooks led the way with 19 points for the Knights, while McCainly Thomas added 13.

Head coach Steve Kent said the team owes much of its success to the players athleticism, the one area they need to work on if they want to make a run in the playoffs is their court discipline and being able to play within themselves

"We have a habit of getting a little loose when we have a lead," says Kent who is a former graduate and now a teacher at St. Peter. "We succeed when play strong defensively and not get too far ahead of ourselves."

The Knights and the Lancers will meet on Feb. 6 at Sir Wil.

(Posted 7:30 p.m., Jan. 21)


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