The 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
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
a slow start left them coming up short in what turned out
to be an 11 point loss.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
we thought we were still a championship calibre team and
we’re not their yet. We still have a lot of work to do,”
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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