Matt's junior team claims Bill Wren title in preseaon
The Tigers Shandon Ashitlei drives into a
South Carleton defender during the junior
boys final of the Bill Wren Tournament on
Sunday. File photo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
the happiest person on the court following the win was
Blais, who won multiple city championships while at St.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2:30 p.m., Nov. 25)
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