Amherst takes Division 2 Boys Provincials

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MRHS Monarchs place sixth; look ahead to next year

 By Lawrence Powell

The Spectator

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The championship game of the NSSAF Division 2 Boys Basketball Provincials in Middleton Saturday afternoon may have started out as a Central Kings Gaters romp but ended up as an Amherst Vikings victory.

The final contest couldn’t be termed finesse basketball, but it was edge-of-the seat excitement, and a come-from-behind win for Amherst after three of the starters for Central Kings fouled out in the fourth quarter. The Vikings slowly closed the gap and went ahead with about four minutes left on the clock. With four seconds left and behind by a point, the Gaters lost possession of the ball. With two seconds left they had the ball in their own end and no chance to reach the Amherst net in time. The Vikings walkjed away with a 52-51 game and the Division 2 banner.

Amherst worked its way to the final with a Thursday 74-29 win against Millwood and an 89-54 victory over King’s Edgehill. Central Kings landed in the championship game after trouncing Dr. JH Gillis 82-44 on Thursday and bettering Breton Education Centre 74-65 on Friday.

 

MRHS Monarchs

The host Middleton Regional High School Monarchs took a tough loss to King’s Edgehill in their first game on Thursday, dominating much of the game but letting a 10-point lead vanish in the fourth period for an eventual 68-66 loss to the team from Windsor.

MRHS faired better in the first game Friday, easily winning 84-61 against Millwood, putting the Monarchs in the game for fifth place against Northeast Kings Saturday, but the Canning school managed to squeak out a 90-87 win to end Middleton’s play in sixth spot.

“We had an excellent weekend here,” Middleton coach Mike Mason said after the championship game late Saturday afternoon. “The organizing committee was beyond the best that I’ve ever seen. Some of the NSSAF officials that were here commented this is what a provincial should feel like. The opening ceremonies, the comment that sticks with me, is this is the atmosphere that an opening ceremony should have for a provincial championship.”

He thanked the organizing committee members which included Paul Shaffner, Kelly Lee, and multiple basketball players from the girls and the junior boys teams.

 

Lessons Learned

“As far as what we did as a basketball team,” Mason said, “we had a very close game in the quarter finals. We were up by 10 against Kings Edgehill and unfortunately we let that lead slip away. We ended up losing by two with about three seconds left. So that was a heartbreaker for the guys but, you know, lessons learned. They build character, those types of losses.”

“On Friday night we were able to defeat Millwood which put us into the fifth place game,” the coach noted. “Unfortunately we had another close one with Northeast Kings. They came to play. They had a lot of bigshots and we lost that one by three. But like I said, we build character that way and we don’t graduate any guys this year so all these guys are back next year. So we’re turning our attention from this year to next year. And we hope to be definitely in provincials next year and competing for a medal.”

 

Following are game-by-game results including scores and top scorers:

 

Championship Game

Amherst 52 - Jason Morse 3, Logan Dowe 11, Caleb Hayes 3, Willie Legere 2, Shaddy Mohamad 9, Ryan Thompson 11, Jacob Harnish 2,  Adrian Van, Vulpen 11

Central Kings 51 -  Dylan Poole 11, Kurt Getson 4, Jonah Leschied 6, Trent Oickle 13, Nigel Simmons 17

 

Third Place

BEC 99 - Ryan Beaton 8, Kyle Muise 5, Keigan Madden 6, Ethan Dereulle 29, Jason Hawley 10, Eric Walzak 11, Logan Barrington 8, Luke MacArthur 2, Cody Leadbeater 21

Kings-Edgehill 80 - Devan Dube 9, Austin Wang 4, Josh Baker 18, Dean Pan 7, Jack Li 3, Jeff Lin 7, Yann Simboro 15, Devji Dashi 17

 

Fifth place

Northeast Kings 90 - Dre Medicraft 25, Liam Russell 11, Greg MacDonald 24, Logan MacKinley 22, Waylen Leenhouts 8

Middleton 87 -  Cameron Chisholm 5, Sean Lachance 26, Colton Richards 7, Zach Beaton 9, Ryan Gates 34, Colton Evans 6

 

Seventh place

Dr. JH Gillis 65 - Riley Chisholm 6, Matt Sampson 13, Frank MacFarlane 19, Liam Scribner 2, Dan MacDougall 4, Ethan Gillis 6, Jermal Mansfield 1, Brenden MacDonald 3,  Anthony Aquino 6, Patrick Aquino 2, Jordan Vosman 6

Millwood 44 - Seth Adams 5, Joel Patey 4, Keegan Burton 9, Mike King 4, Matt Hardie 2, Brayden MacQuarrie 20

 

Semi-final

Central Kings 74 -  Dylan Poole 5, Kurt Getson 15, Corey Cadeau 2, Jonah Leschied 8, Trent Oickle 19, Brian Sawler 4, Nigel Simmons 21

BEC 65 - Kyle Muise 4, Keigan Madden 10, Ethan Dereulle 19, Eric Walzak 20, Cody Leadbeater 12

 

Semi-final

Amherst 89 - Jason Morse 13, Logan Dowe 6, Caleb Hayes 19, Willie Legere 2, Shaddy Mohamad 6, Ryan Thompson 17, Josh Lee 6, Jacob Harnish 6, Blake Thompson 2, Matt McCrossin 3, Adrian Van Vulpen 9

Kings-Edgehill 54 - Austin Wang 4, Josh Baker 2, Dean Pan 20, Christian Lakes 6, Zack Lakes 18, Jeff Lin 2, Devji Dashi 2

 

Preliminary Games:

Thursday, Feb. 28

Game 1

Central Kings 82 -  Andrew Bezanson 5, Dylan Poole 2, Kurt Getson 11, Corey Cadeau 4, Jonah Leschied 9, Trent Oickle 19, Brian Sawler 8, Dylan Shepherd 2, Nigel Simmons 22

Dr. JH Gillis 44 - Riley Chisholm 9, Matt Sampson 4, Frank MacFarlane 11, Dan MacDougall 5, Jermal Mansfield 2, Brenden MacDonald 1, Patrick Aquino 6, Jordan Vosman 6

 

Game 2

Amherst 74 - Jason Morse 15, Logan Dowe 10, Caleb Hayes 5, Marcus Kindervater 11, Willie Legere 2, Shaddy Mohamad 7, Ryan Thompson 6, Jacob Harnish 2, Blake Thompson 2, Matt McCrossin 6, Adrian Van Vulpen 8

Millwood 29 - Seth Adams 12, Joel Patey 2, Keegan Burton 5, Mike King 4

 

Game 3

Kings-Edgehill 68 - Devan Dube 2,  Josh Baker 12, Dean Pan 12, Christian Lakes 19, Zack Lakes 5, Jack Li 2, Yann Simboro 4, Devji Dashi 8

Middleton 66 -  Cameron Chisholm 12, Sean Lachance 9, Colton Richards 12,  Zach Beaton 10, Liam Saxon 2, Ryan Gates 17, Colton Evans 4

 

Game 4

BEC 97 - Kyle Muise 12, Keigan Madden 3, Ethan Dereulle 43, Jason Hawley 6, Eric Walzak 17, Cody Leadbeater 16

Northeast Kings 67 - Dre Medicraft 28, Liam Russell 5, John Hodder 2, Greg MacDonald 9, Logan MacKinley 17, Jonathan Thomson 2, Zach Huntley 4

 

Friday, March 1

Game 5

Middleton 84 -  Kurtis Moult 2, Sean Lachance 11, Jacob Webber 2, Colton Richards 8, Stephen Bennett 6, Zach Beaton 10, Liam Saxon 2, Brandon Videto 2, Ryan Gates 29, Colton Evans 12

Millwood 61 - Seth Adams 32, Phil Morrison 4, Joel Patey 3, Keegan Burton 3, Mike King 7, Matt Hardie 4, Brayden MacQuarrie 8

 

Game 6

Northeast Kings 66 - Dre Medicraft 24, Liam Russell 1, John Hodder 2, Greg MacDonald 6, Logan MacKinley 22, Jonathan Thomson 6, Waylen Leenhouts 5

Dr. JH Gillis 62 - Riley Chisholm 1, Matt Sampson 13, Frank MacFarlane 22, Liam Scribner 3, Dan MacDougall 5, Jermal Mansfield 9,  Patrick Aquino 6, Jordan Vosman 3

Organizations: NSSAF Division, Middleton Regional High School Monarchs, Monarchs Canning school

Geographic location: Northeast Kings, Windsor

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