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High School Basketball
St. Matt's junior team claims Bill Wren title in preseaon warm-up
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Tigers Shandon Ashitlei drives into a South Carleton defender during the junior boys final of the Bill Wren Tournament on Sunday. File photo

The St. Matthew Tigers junior boys basketball team established themselves as a team to be reckoned with this season after winning the Bill Wren Tournament on the weekend.

Led by twins Quinton and Shandon Ashitei and coached by former girls team standout Elyse Blais, the Tigers knocked off Lester B. Pearson in the semi-finals and then avenged their only loss in the round robin portion of the tournament by crushing the South Carleton Storm 54-48 in the final.

The Tiges shot 50 per cent as a team in the first half while the Storm barely made 25 per cent of their shots. Quinton Ashitei scored seven of his 15 points in a dominant second quarter and by the halftime break the Tigers were up 29-21.

St. Matt's continued to shoot the lights out in the third quarter, draining eight of 14 shots, including four three-pointers, to open up a 14 point lead. The Storm managed to whittle the deficit down to six points in the fourth quarter, but by the then the end was already a forgone conclusion.

The twins ended the game with 31 points between them. Shandon scored 16 and Quinton 15. Josh McGrah added 11 points and Caleb Dagenais had six.

Probably the happiest person on the court following the win was Blais, who won multiple city championships while at St. Matt's.

"It's extremely exciting to come back here and win our first game together and our first tournament. Being on the other end of it before and now getting a chance to coach, this is very gratifying," said Blais.

In order to make the final the Tigers had to get past the defending city champions from Lester B. Pearson. They did so in spectacular fashion, coming back ftom a 26-11 halftime deficit to win 39-34.

After scoring just four points in the second quarter, the Tigers stormed out of the dressing room and poured in 18 points in the third to cut the Panrhers lead to just two points.

St. Matt's continued to pressure Lester B. at both ends of the court in the fourth quarter, limiting the Panthers to just three points while scoring 10 of their own to earn the win and advance to the final.

In the senior final the Merivale Marauders took advantage of the Lester B. Pearson Panther's poor ball handling to jump out to a 23-15 first quarter lead.

Things went from bad to worse for the Panthers in the second quarter and by the end of the first half they found themselves looking up at an insurmountable 18-point deficit.

Members of the St. Matthew Tigers pose for a team photo after winning the junior title at the Bill Wren Basketball Tournament on the weekend. Fred Sherwin/Photo

(Posted 2:30 p.m., Nov. 25)


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