pulls off upset win over St. Matt Tigers
By Fred Sherwin
senior boys basketball game between the Louis-Riel Rebelles
and the St. Matthew Tigers was supposed to be a mismatch.
Rebelles went into the game having lost three in a row,
while the Tigers were unbeaten in five games. Louis-Riel
were also missing one of their top shooters in Alex St-Denis.
In other words, it was the perfect scenario for an upset.
on their home court in front of their friends and fellow
students, the Rebelles emerged from the first quarter
with a 17-13 lead thanks to the inside presence of six-foot-six
big man David Quinn who scored seven points.
Quinn was dominating in the paint, Khaleem Sarazin and
Mohamed Omar each scored a basket from beyond the three
point line to help the Rebelles' cause.
Tigers did their best to keep pace with the Rebelles with
Andrew Smith scoring five points in the first stanza and
Shandon Ashitei and Caleb Dagenais adding four points
each. But when the quarter came to an end, it was the
Rebelles who had the four point lead.
extended their advantage to 10 points in the second quarter
before the Tigers managed to close the gap to six by the
end of the half.
Rebelles would get it back to 10 points on a pair of three-point
bombs by Abdi Ali before Shandon Ashitei responded with
a three-point basket of his own. A quick basket off a
scramble by Quinton Ashitei in the dying seconds would
get the Tigers back to within five heading into the final
Matt's had every opportunity to narrow the deficit even
further, but they had trouble finishing their shots. Not
that Louis-Riell was much better. The two teams combined
for an anemic three points in the first half of the quarter
which allowed the Tigers to get to within three, but that
would be as close as they would get.
Rebelles outscored the Tigers 13-7 the rest of the way
and walked off the court with the 72-63 win.
ended the contest with a game high 19 points, while Quinn
and Omar added 16 and 14 points respectively.
Ashitei led the Tigers with 18 points and Josh McGrath
and Shandon Ashitei added 15 points each.
win was huge for the Rebelles if they have any hope of
making the playoffs. The two points puts them Two back
of fourth place De La Salle in the AA East Conference
with four games left to go including a head to head matchup
head coach Andre Desjardins is hoping his young team has
finally turned the corner and left their earlier inconsistent
game is do or die if we want to make the playoffs,"
said Desjardins. "And there are no easy games in
the AA division, so we have our work cut out for ourselves."
the loss the Tigers are now tied in second place with
the Immaculata Saints, two points back of the Ashbury
the Tigers and the Rebelles have a game scheduled early
next week before taking two weeks off for exams.
6 p.m., Jan. 16)
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