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Junior Boys Basketball
Jr. Knights chalk up fourth straight win over rival Tigers
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The St. Peter Knights Brandon Farquarson sticks his head into the chest of a St. .Matthew Tiger player during their junior boys baskeyball match-up on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The St. Peter Kinghts junior boys basketball team improved their regular season record to 4-1 with a 41-33 win over a game but overmatched St. Matthew Tigers team on Wednesday.

It was the fourth time this season that the Knights have bested their east end rivals including twice in tournaments.

Despite their poor record against the Knights, the Tigers have reason to be optimistic. Wednesday's game was the closest they've played them and Ben Rozman, who is arguably their best defender, wasn't in the lineup.

Even wirthout their top efender, the Tigers played up to their team name with a level of intensity that was lacking the last time the two teams met in early December when the Knights barely broke a sweat in cruising to a 15-point win.

Since then the Tigers had reeled off eight straight wins, including a pair of tournament titles at Sacred Heart High School in December and the Hoops for Hope tournament in Belleville last week, before facing the Knights on Wednesday.

St. Peter, meanwhile, suffered their lone hiccup of the season when they lost 55-38 to the Gisele Lalonde Titans on Jan. 12 in one of the biggest upsets on the hardwood in recent memory.

In their defence, the Knights were coming off a grueling tournament in Toronto the previous weekend. After losing to the Titans, they bounced back five days later to down the Colonel By Cougars 78-22.

In round four of the Knights/Tigers rivalry on Wednesday, the Tigers managed to hang with the Knights through the better part of the first two quarters before St. Pete's managed to open up a five point lead by halftime. They further extended their lead to nine points thanks to Daniel Nwosu who scored seven of his game high 21 points in the third quarter.

Neither team had much success in the final stanza where they managed to sink just one basket each.

In the end the Tigers walked off the court with a jump in their step and a boost of confidence even though they had lost, while the Knights felt they they had won inspite of not playing their best basketball.

Both teams will now focus on exams for the next week and a half. When the regular season resumes on Feb. 1, they will each have two games left before the playoffs begin and each will have to face the Louis Riel Rebelles who are undefeated in league play thus far this season.

Knights coach Mark MacKay says the exams will be a welcome break for his exhausted team.

"The break is coming at a really good time for us. We've played a lot of basketball in the last couple of weeks and the guys are really tired," says MacKay. "The break will give us a chance to get some rest and recharge our batteries for the final stretch."

Tigers coach Chris Wakefield is also looking forward to a week off. Besides given his players some much needed rest, it will also allow them to heal up some aggravating injuries in time for the playoffs.

Both teams are among the odds on favourites to earn a berth in the city championship along with Louis Riel.

Whether or not the Rebelles are a serious contender or merely a pretender will be determined in their remaining regular season games against the Knights and the Tigers on Feb. 1 and Feb. 9.

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(Posted 6:30 p.m., Jan. 21)


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