add Bill Wren title to list of pre-season accomplishments
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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.
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
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
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
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..
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
Nwozu led all Knights with 22 points. Arsenault-Verelli
poured in 18 points and Azangi added 14.
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
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),"
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.
St. Peter Knights senior boys basketball team
celebrates winning the Bill Wren Classic on
Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
8:30 a.m., Nov. 28)
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