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Wolverines Basketbal
Wolverines win trio of gold medals at host tournament
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Gloucester Wolverines Geoffrey Lavoie gets fouled as he tries to go up for a layup against Kanata ONL in the Major Midget AAA final. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Gloucester Wolverines Boys Invitational tournament was held on the weekend with action in 10 different divisions.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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 also won.

Sunday’s 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 ball.

Kanata 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 a point.

The 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.

During the break the Wolverine coaching staff, lead by head coach Carlos Blizzard, told their players that they had to raise their compete level.

“We 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 play better."

The 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 points.

The 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.

Kollie Soriba led all scorers with 19 points, while Geoffrey Lavoie poured in 15 and Rizwan added 14.

In 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 Kanata ONL.

(Posted 12:30 p.m., Feb. 13)

 

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