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Senior Boys Basketball
St. Matt's Tigers clinch third place with win over east end rivals
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Mike 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 Sherwin/Photo


The St. 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 on Tuesday.

The 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.

Ykealo 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.

Daniel 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.

During their first five trips down the floor to start the final quarter, the Knights managed to get off just one shot.

With 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.

Since 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.

St. 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.

The 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.

Although 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.

Tigers 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 gets underway.

"Right 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.

Knights 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.

"If 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.

The two east end rivals will get one more shot at each other next Thursday when they tip-off in the Tigers' Den.

(Posted 6:30 p.m., Jan. 26)

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