(Posted Dec. 12, 2018)
fail to rebound after slow start against St. Pat's
By Fred Sherwin
St. Peter Knights went into their game against the St. Patrick
Irish last week hoping to see how they measured up against
one of the co-favourites to win the AAA senior boys hoops
championships this year. Unfortunately, a slow start left
them coming up short in what turned out to be an 11 point
Peter Knights guard Christopher Valcin tries
to penetrate the St. Pat's defence on the
dribble during their senior boys match-up
on Tuesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Knights trailed 10-2 before the contest was four minutes
old. The hot shooting Irish extended their lead to 14
points by the two minute mark of the second quarter and
by halftime they led 36-23.
Irish extended their lead to 16 points in the early moments
of the second half before the Knights finally started
to battle back. A couple of three point baskets by Curtis
Cunningham and Sam Musafiri in the third stanza would
cut the Irish lead in half, but that would be as close
as the defending city champions would get.
the end of the quarter St. Pat’s had reestablished a 13-point
advantage with one quarter left to play,
to give up, the Knights battled back once again and eventually
managed to narrow the deficit to seven points with 1:18
left to play.
couple of near misses down the stretch kept St. Pete’s
from getting any closer and the final score was 63-55
in favour of the Irish.
ended the game with a team high 15 points. Michael Gouombas-Lussamaki
added 14 points and was eight for 10 from the free throw
line and Hughie Brooks scored 13 points including a pair
of three-point baskets.
the end, however, the Knights were the masters of their
own demise thanks to a combination of poor shot selection,
an inordinate amount of missed put-backs and a disproportionate
number of rebounds in favour of the Irish, To put it mildly,
the Knights were horrible on the boards.
it was the slow start that really hurt St. Pete’s, especially
against a team that has 16 players on its roster, eight
of whom factored in their scoring.
Knights inability to match St. Pat’s up-tempo game in
the early going and the difficult situation it put them
in was not lost on head coach Dan Lutfy.
consistently gotten off to a slow start this year and
we need to change that.” Lutfy said after the game. “I’ve
been happy that we’ve managed to come back in games, but
we need to get off to a better start.”
one thing that works in the Knights favour is the fact
that the season is still in the early days and there is
plenty of time to right the ship before the playoffs begin
in late January.
boys high school basketball season is unique in that it
spans both the Christmas break and January exams. Lutfy
remains confident the team will have its act together
by the time the playoffs roll around.
think we thought we were still a championship calibre
team and we’re not their yet. We still have a lot of work
to do,” says Lutfy.
road to the AAA city champion-ship will eventually have
to go through both St. Pat’s and Louis Riel, which is
proving to be the cream of the crop. Last year’s OFSAA
‘A’ silver medalists have so far racked up an impressive
record, winning their first four games by an average of
12 points per game including a 63-50 win over St. Pat’s
on Dec. 6.
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