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Senior Boys Basketball
Knights add Bill Wren title to list of pre-season accomplishments
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Daniel Nwosu dribbles around a St. Patrick defender during the St. Peter Knights 80-66 win over the Irish in the Bill Wren Classic on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The St. Peter Knights senior boys basketball team are quickly gaining a reputation as the team to beat this season after winning two pre-season tournaments including the Bill Wren Classic at St. Matthew High School on the weekend.

The Knights breezed through the round robin portion of the tournament, registering wins over St. François (52-31), Sir Wilfrid Laurier (88-39) and St. Paul (51-30). They then beat Christian Academy 55-44 in the semi-finals to earn a berth in the gold medal game against the St. Patrick Irish.

MIke Zablocki led the way for the Knights against Christian Academy in the semi-final, pouring in 20 points including four of three-point shots. Lucca Arsenault-Verelli added 18 including a trio of tres, and Jeremy Azangi had nine points.

The Knights got off to a blazing start against St. Pat's in the final, jumping out to a 20-7 first quarter lead before the Irish started to claw their way back. They eventually took the lead midway through the second quarter and were up by as many as six points before the Knights stopped the bleeding.

The game was tied 37-37 when St. Pat's forward Marial Shayok laid in a finger roll in the dying seconds of the first half to give the Irish a 39-37 lead at the break..

The Knights regained the lead early in the third quarter and never looked back. They led by nine at the end of the quarter and by as much as 17 in the fourth stanza before taking their foot off the gas and cruising to an 80-66 win.

Daniel Nwozu led all Knights with 22 points. Arsenault-Verelli poured in 18 points and Azangi added 14.

The Knights now have two tournament wins under their belts, including last weekend's Referees' Tournament, and the season hasn't even officially begun yet. Despite the team's early success, Knights' co-coaches Ashley Coventry and Maro Gaetano are reluctant to accept the title of pre-season favourites.

"Favourites, we're not quite there yet. I see ourselves as being a contender, but we have to work hard and keep getting better. We have to earn that right (to be called favourties)," said Coventry.

The Knights kick off the National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association regular season this week with games against Glebe on Monday and Louis-Riel on Thursday. They'll play two more games in December before taking a month long break for the holidays and exams.

The St. Peter Knights senior boys basketball team celebrates winning the Bill Wren Classic on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


(Posted 8:30 a.m., Nov. 28)

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