overcomes slow start to win senior Tier 1 hoops crown
By Fred Sherwin
Steven Gaffney (1) and Eric Saumure (3) hoist
the championship trophy into the air after
the Garneau Gaulois defeated the Bell Bruins
in the senior boys Tier 1 final on Wednesday.
weeks after winning the Ontario francophone high school
basketball championship, the Garneau Gaulois added the
NCSSAA senior boys Tier 1 title to their list of accomplishments
on Wednesday in a come from behind blowout win againt
the Bell Bruins.
Galuois spotted the Bruins an 11 point lead in the opening
minutes of the first quarter before storming back with
an 18-6 run to turn the tide on their west end opponents.
momentum on their side, Garneau extended their lead to
eight points by the end of the second stanza thanks in
large part to the three-point shot-making of Steve Nkusi,
who drained four shots from beyond the arc in the first
half, and Khadeem Pierre who added 10 points.
third quarter began with more of the same as Garneau went
on an 10-2 run to take a commanding 16-point lead. They
would extend their advantage to 21 points midway through
the fourth quarter before crusing to a 68-53 win.
was their own worst enemy in the pivotal third stanza,
attempting ill-advised cross court passses that were easily
intercepted by the Gaulois, or throwing up hgh percentage
shots that either clanged off the rim or missed the basket
entirely. Meanwhile, Garneau continued to use speed and
ball movement to run the Bruins ragged.
would end the game with 28 points, including six three
point shots; Pierre scored 15 points; Eric Saumure had
12 points; and Steven Gaffney added nine.
core of the team have been playing together since Grade
9 with the sole purpose of winning a city championship
in their senior year. Winning the provincial francophone
high school championship was an added bonus.
coach Alexandre Boily has been on the same quest ever
since he took over the team in 2009.
been coaching half these guys since Grade 9," Boily
said after the game with obvious pride.
Wednesday's result, Garneau had not won a senior boys
high school basketball championship since 2005.
chalked the win up to his team's intensity and desire
to take the game to the Bruins rather than allow the Bruins
to dictate the game on their terms.
used quick ball movement and half court pressure to force
some turnovers and once we got a solid lead we just kept
pushing and pushing. It was a good team effort all around,"
Members of the Garneau Gaulois pose for team
picture after winning the NCSSAA senior boys
Tier 1 basketball championship. Team roster:
Steven Gaffney, Eric Saumure, Khadeem Pierre,
Steve Nkusi, Dimitry Gracia, Corey Griecken,
Simon Lemay, Phil Lemay, Alex Gauthier and
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