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High School Basketball
Tigers punch ticket to Final Four with third round win over Oakridge
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The St. Matthew Tigers have assured themselves of a shot at a medal at the OFSAA provincial basketball championships after they knocked off the Oakridge Oaks 65-39 at Ridgemont High School Tuesday night.

The Tigers will determine whether they'll be playing for gold or bronze when they take on the Martingrove Bears in one of two semi-final games Wednesday morning. The Bears downed the 12th seed Anderson Raiders from Whitby, 72-49 to make it through to the Final Four.

The other semi-final will pit the sixth seed Emery Wildcats from North York against the number two seed Vaughan Voyageurs who hail from Thornhill. The two semi-final winners will play in the gold medal game at Lisgar Collegiate at 8 p.m., while the losers will battle it out in the bronze medal game which gets underway two hours earlier at 6 p.m..

The Tigers were hoping to avenge their only loss of the season which came against St. Ignatius of Loyola at the All-Catholic Provincial Championships last month, but the Hawks were upset by Oakridge earlier in the day to wipe out any chance of a rematch.

The disappointment at not being able to dish out a little payback may have affected the Tigers who looked slightly off in the early going against the Oaks. St. Matt's missed their first three shots from the floor while Oakridge went 4-for-5, including a three point shot, to take an early 9-0 lead.

Determined to get his team back in the game, Tigers point guard Scott Ring took matters into his own hands and hit a 12 foot jumper and a three point bomb to narrow the deficit to 9-5. He then hauled down a rebound on the Oaks' next trip down the floor and passed the ball off to Tyson Hinz who converted a three point play by draining the foul shot to close to within one.

When the Oaks responded with their second trey of the game, Ring answered back with yet another three point shot to keep the Tigers close.

St. Matt's eventually took the lead early in the second quarter on a pair of baskets from Garnet Blais and Gavin Resch. Up 21-18, the Tigers closed out the first half with a 12-3 run to take a 33-21 at the break.

As impressive as the Tigers were in the second quarter, they were absolutely dominating in the third, outbounding their opponents 7-2 while pouring in 16 points to take a commanding 49-26 lead into the final stanza.

Despite being down 23 points, the Oaks refused to give up in the fourth quarter, but St. Matt's would simply prove too much for them as the Tigers extended their lead to 26 before cruising to a 65-39 final.

The scoring was equally distributed among the Tigers five key players. Jeremy Leonard-Smith, Scott Ring and Tyson Hinz all had 13 points each, Garnet Blais scored 12 and Gavin Resch had 11 points including three treys. The scoring was rounded out by Kyle Ring who drained a three point shot in the fourth quarter to give St. Matt's seven in the game.

After the game, Leonard Smith was surprised to find out that he had scored so many points. He was 3-for-5 in the third quarter alone, and 1-for-3 in the fourth.

"Oh, really. That's pretty good. I thought I was one for three," said Leonard-Smith who is known more for his aggressive defense, especially in man-to-man coverage.

Leonard-Smith and the rest of the Tigers team were looking forward to getting a good night's sleep followed by a championship calibre breakfast before their semi-final game which gets underway at 10 a.m., or at least tha was the directive issued by Tigers head coach Jason Wren.

"No, Xbox. They need to go home get tucked into bed and ask their mom to make them a good breakfast," said Wren. "This was a big game tonight. The key is to make it through to Wednesday and that way your guarnteed of at least playing for a medal."

St. Matthew Tigers
FG
3-PT
FT
REB
A
S
BLK

PTS

Jeremy
Leonard-Smith
6-9
0
1-1
4
0
1
0
13
Scott Ring
5-10
3
0-0
3
2
0
0
13
Tyson Hinz
5-9
0
3-3
3
2
1
0
13
Garnet Blais
5-14
0
2-5
7
0
0
1
12
Gavin Resch
4-5
3
0-0
2
0
0
0
11
Kyle Ring
1-3
1
0-0
0
0
0
0
3
Team totals
26-50
7
5-8
19
4
2
1
65

Oakridge Oaks
FG
3-PT
FT
REB
A
S
BLK

PTS

Peter Scholtes
5-16
1
4-5
4
0
0
1
15
Michael Shalaby
4-6
1
3-6
6
0
0
0
12
# 23
2-5
1
1-1
1
0
0
0
6
# 2
1-2
0
0-0
2
0
0
0
2
# 12
1-4
1
0-0
0
0
0
0
3
# 14
0-0
0
1-2
1
0
0
0
1
# 1
0-3
0
0-0
0
0
0
0
0
# 15
0-0
0
0-0
0
0
0
1
0
Team totals
13-36
4
10-14
14
0
0
2
39

 

 

(Posted 1:30 p.m., March 10)

 

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