Rebelles Rebelles advance to city championship, Knights
Bolamba penetrates along the baseline during
the Louis Riel Rebelles 52-50 win over the
Earl of March Lions on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Louis Riel Rebelles punched their ticket to the NCSSAA
senior boys basketball championship next week by beating
the Earl of March Lions 52-50 on Thursday, and in the
process they earned a berth in the Quad-A provincial championships
being held in Ottawa next month.
before they start preparing for the provincial championships
they must first set their sights on the St. Patrick Irish
and a possible city championship.
Irish made a late comeback against the St. Peter Knights
in Thusday's other semi-final after the Knights made a
comeback of their own to take a one point lead with three
minutes left in the game. In the end, the Irish prevailed
72-61 to capture one of the two spots in the Quad-A OFSAA
tournament and advance to the AAA/AAAA city championship.
both the Irish and the Rebelles expected to stay close
to home and opt to play in the Quad-A provincial championship,
the Knights and the Lions will likely have to battle it
out to see who gets to go to the AAA championship which
is being played in Windsor.
St. Matthew Tigers are a game away from earning a berth
in the OFSAA AA championships in St. Catherines. Theyll
face the Immaculata Saints in the city championship next
Tuesday at Carleton University.
back to the Rebelles, before the can start practicing
for the provincial championship they must first take on
the formidable Irish, a team theyve managed to beat
twice before as the underdog.
to head coach Jean-Guy Morin, the Rebelles are still the
underdogs, and beating the Irish three times in a row
will be a formidable challenge.
the favourites theres no question, Morin said
after his team squeaked by the Lions 52-50. But,
hopefully, well give them all they can handle.
Rebelles trailed the Lions, a team they had lost to in
their only other meeting earlier this season, 31-23 at
Ahmeds three baskets in the third quarter helped
Louis Riel reduce the deficit to just two points. Emmanuel
Bolamba then hit a deuce to complete the comeback early
in the fourth quarter and before long they were up by
four, leading 45-41.
feisty Lions managed to draw even in the final minute,
but a lay-up in traffic by Raphael Riche with three seconds
left put the game out of reach.
Kadima scored a team high 13 points and was five-for-six
from the free throw line. Bolamba and Maher Fayer had
12 points each and Riche had eight.
says his team has the talent to beat St. Pats, but
theyve been limited in their ability to practice.
Louis-Riel is a sports school with only the one gym and
gym time is limited.
should be able to get one or two practices in. Hopefully,
that will be enough, said Morin.
9:30 a.m., Feb. 17)
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