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Senior Boys Basketball
Louis-Riel pulls off upset win over St. Matt Tigers
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Friday's senior boys basketball game between the Louis-Riel Rebelles and the St. Matthew Tigers was supposed to be a mismatch.

The 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.

Playing 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.

While 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.

The 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.

They 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.

The 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 quarter.

St. 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.

The Rebelles outscored the Tigers 13-7 the rest of the way and walked off the court with the 72-63 win.

Sarazin ended the contest with a game high 19 points, while Quinn and Omar added 16 and 14 points respectively.

Quinton Ashitei led the Tigers with 18 points and Josh McGrath and Shandon Ashitei added 15 points each.

The 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 on Feb.3.

Rebelles head coach Andre Desjardins is hoping his young team has finally turned the corner and left their earlier inconsistent play behind.

"Every 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."

With the loss the Tigers are now tied in second place with the Immaculata Saints, two points back of the Ashbury Colts.

Both the Tigers and the Rebelles have a game scheduled early next week before taking two weeks off for exams.

(Posted 6 p.m., Jan. 16)


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