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Junior Boys Basketball
Lester B. tops Louis Riel in preseason battle of unbeatens
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Mohammed Kabeya (11) drives to the basket against Ali Mohamed (2) for two of his game leading 14 points in the LesterB. Panthers 52-47 win over the Louis Riel Rebelles on Friday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Lester B. Pearson Panthers proved they are one of the teams to watch in junior boys high school basketball this year after they downed the Louis Riel Rebelles 52-47 on Friday in the fourth and final pre-season game for both teams.

Both teams sported identical
3-0 records heading into the East Conference match-up, but it was the Panthers who would keep their unbeaten streak intact by holding off the Rebelles down the stretch after Louis Riel had come back from 13 points down to temporarily take the lead.

One of the key plays of the game came late in the fourth quarter when Ryran Ibrahim (14) drove to the basket and drew a foul on an acrobatic layup. The ensuing free throw tied the game at 47-47 after it looked like the Rebelles had seized the momentum.

Mohammed Kabeya (11) scored the go-ahead basket on the next trip down the floor to put the Panthers up for good and seal the win.

With a 4-0 record, the Panthers are asuured a spot at the Tier 1 level when the junior hoops season begins in January. The Rebelles will also be placed in Tier 1 based on their pre-season success. Other east end teams likely heading to Tier 1 include the St. Peter Knights, the St. Matthew Tigers and the Giséle-Lalonde Titans.

The Panthers jumped out to a 7-0 lead against the Rebelles, and led by as many as 10 points thanks to the inside presence of their twin towers, Darian McDonald (32) and Jordan Corcoran (12), who are 6'4" and 6'2" respectively.

The Rebelles mamanged to cut the deficit to three by the end of the second quarter and got to within one point on an early jump shot by Ali Mohamed (2), when the Panthers went on an 11-0 run with 3:12 left in the third.

The Rebelles cut the lead to seven by the end of the quarter and then slowly chipped away at the deficit until Honoré Niyongira (4) made a three-point shot to give the Louis Riel their first lead of the game with 2:24 left to play.

The two teams exchanged baskets before Ibrahim's three point play tied the score with 1:41 left to go and Kayeba made a pair of free throws and a jump shot with 23 seconds left to seal the victory for the Panthers, who had to immediately jump into their cars and drive to Ashbury College for the opening game in a weekend tournament at the Rockcliffe school.

McDonald led all scorers with 14 points for the Panthers. Kabeya had 12 points including seven in the all important fourth quarter and Louis Puente added 11 points for the winning team who made 19 of 26 free throws.

Mohamed and Jonathan Mufuta (13) had 12 points each for the Rebelles and Niyongura was a perfect five-for-five from the free throw line and made a pair of three-point shots to give him 11 points on the night.

(Posted 9 a.m., Dec. 15)


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