win trio of gold medals at host tournament
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Wolverines Geoffrey Lavoie gets
fouled as he tries to go up for a layup against
Kanata ONL in the Major Midget AAA final.
Gloucester Wolverines Boys Invitational tournament was
held on the weekend with action in 10 different divisions.
host organization did well with five different teams making
it to their respective divisional finals, three of which
ultimately won gold including the U16 Major Midget AAA
team which defeated Kanata ONL 72-55.
other two teams that won gold were the U14 Major Bantam
AAA squad and the U15 Minor Midget AAA team. The Wolverines
U10 Novice AA squad and U13 Minor Bantam AA team both
had to settle for silver.
Minor Midget final was a rematch of the opening round
robin game between Gloucester and Kanata ONL, which the
Wolverines won 66-63, and the final of the Kanata Youth
Basketball Tournament in December, which the Wolverines
game did not start out for either tean. In fact, the best
way to describe the action on the court during the first
half would a hot mess. Both teams had trouble handling
the ball, shooting the ball, and keeping control of the
led by as many as four points with 22 seconds left to
go in the first quarter, but a basket and foul shot by
Shawn Carey in the dying seconds cut the deficit to just
Wolverines eventually took the lead two minutes into the
second quarter on a basket by Hassan Rizwan, but they
were unable to create much daylight either, and by halftime
they only led by three points, up 28-25.
the break the Wolverine coaching staff, lead by head coach
Carlos Blizzard, told their players that they had to raise
their compete level.
talked about how they had worked hard all tournament to
make the final, but they were playing like they had just
ate, said assistant coach Fabienne Blizzard. The
other team was playing like they wanted it more, but this
is our tournament and if we wanted to win it we had to
pep talk paid immediate dividends as the Wolverines went
on a 7-1 run to start the third quarter. By the time the
quarter was done, they had heextended their lead to eight
Wolverines were up by as many as 15 in the fourth quarter
before ONL got back to within eight, but that would be
as close as they would get as Gloucester re-established
their double digit lead through to the end of the game.
Soriba led all scorers with 19 points, while Geoffrey
Lavoie poured in 15 and Rizwan added 14.
the other finals, the Minor Midget AAA Wolverines downed
IEM Newmarket 75-66; the Major Bantam AAA team beat Kanata
ONL 63-28; the Minor Bantam AA squad lost 54-52 to the
Nepean Blue Devils; and the Novice team fell 43-30 to
12:30 p.m., Feb. 13)
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