B. tops Louis Riel in preseason battle of unbeatens
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
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 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.
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.
Kabeya (11) scored the go-ahead basket on the next trip
down the floor to put the Panthers up for good and seal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9 a.m., Dec. 15)
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