Matt's Tigers clinch third place with win over east end rivals
By Fred Sherwin
Zablocki makes a power move towards the basket during third quarter action in
Tuesday's game between the St. Peter Knights and the St. Matthew Tigers. Fred
Matthew Tigers senior boys basketball team can finish no lower than third place
in the Eastern Conference standings after downing the St. Peter Knights 59-47
Knights kept pace with the Tigers through the first three quarters before St.
Matt's pulled away in the fourth quarter and eventually won by 12.
Araia led the way for the Tigers with 16 points. Matt Price scored 12 including
a trio of three -point shots and Mack Wakefield added 11.
Nwosu had 11 for the Knights who scored 15 points from beyond the arc and were
an impressive 12 for 15 from the free throw line. Unfortunately for St. Pete's,
a series of turnovers in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter allowed the
Tigers to extend their lead from four to eight points.
their first five trips down the floor to start the final quarter, the Knights
managed to get off just one shot.
the win, St. Matt's can do no worse than third place in the Eastern Conference
standings. They also have an outside shot at moving up a spot if they win out
their remaining three regular season games against St. Peter, Sir Wilfrid Laurier
and Glebe. That would move them into a tie with the loser of the St. Patrick's/Hillcrest
game on Feb. 8.
St. Matt's split both of their regular season series with the Irish and the Hawks,
the final standings would be determined by a tiebreaking formula.
Pete's may end up in a tiebreaking situation as well. They are currently in fourth
place but with games remaining against the Tigers and the Hawks, they are going
to be hard-pressed to add to their point total.
Glebe Gryphons currently sit two points back of the Tigers with games left against
Sir Wil, St. Patrick's and Hillcrest. A win over Sir Wil would move them into
a tie with St. Peter.
the two teams split their regular season series, the Knights hold a slight edge
in points for and against with a + 8. They could also play a one game tiebreaker
with the winner having to face the daunting task of taking on the Sacred Heart
Huskies in the first round of the playoffs.
head coach Jason Wren says he's less concerned about playoff seedings than he
is about making sure his team is firing on all cylinders once the post season
now any of the top four teams have a legitimate shot at making it to the final
two. If you look at our regular season records we've all beaten each other once
and lost once. I just think there's going to be a al lot of disappointed teams
after the first or second round," said Wren who is still tweaking different
lineup combinations depending on the opposition and different game situations.
head coach Ashley Coventry said his team is still struggling with different lineup
combinations and the tendency for some players to freelance at inopportune moments.
we stick to the game plan and play together as a team we have a chance. When we
stray away from the game plan and try to do their own thing we get into trouble.
You saw that today in the fourth quarter," said Coventry.
two east end rivals will get one more shot at each other next Thursday when they
tip-off in the Tigers' Den.
6:30 p.m., Jan. 26)
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