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Middleton boys take Division 3 hoops Western Regionals

The Middleton Monarchs boys basketball team defeated Shelburne Rebels 93-77 Saturday to win the NSSAF Western Region Division 3 final and put them in Provincials in Bridgewater two weeks from now. The team is coached by Mike Mason, back right, and assistants Ryan McNeil, back left, and Brent McNeil back second from left. Team members are Liam Walton, Ben Mercer Mark Sharpe, Dylan Outingdyke, Jordan Cloutier, Ian Dixon, Joel Harris, Nathanael French, Ben Dowell, Calen Morrison, Ryan Cloutier, Andus MacKinnon, Dylan Taylor, and Kobie Hubley.
The Middleton Monarchs boys basketball team defeated Shelburne Rebels 93-77 Saturday to win the NSSAF Western Region Division 3 final and put them in Provincials in Bridgewater two weeks from now. The team is coached by Mike Mason, back right, and assistants Ryan McNeil, back left, and Brent McNeil back second from left. Team members are Liam Walton, Ben Mercer Mark Sharpe, Dylan Outingdyke, Jordan Cloutier, Ian Dixon, Joel Harris, Nathanael French, Ben Dowell, Calen Morrison, Ryan Cloutier, Andus MacKinnon, Dylan Taylor, and Kobie Hubley.

MIDDLETON – Liam Walton and Andus MacKinnon paced the Middleton Monarchs boys with 27 and 20 points respectively to give the host team a 93-77 win over the Shelburne Rebels in the NSSAF Western Region Division 3 final Saturday.

In a come-from-behind upset, the Monarchs pulled out all the stops to earn a spot at Provincials in two weeks time in Bridgewater.

“This was absolutely the game of the season. This is the hardest that I’ve ever seen these guys play,” said Monarchs coach Mike Mason minutes after the last buzzer. “And the score kind of tells it all for them. We had a couple of guys step up that might not have had as many minutes over the season but they stepped in when they needed to and they played some very good defense”

Mason gave kudos to Monarchs’ No. 20 Ryan Cloutier for his excellent defense but on the whole he described it as a good team game.

Middleton finished the season undefeated in their league, but had trouble with some of the South Shore teams before. Mason credited Shelburne with a tough game. He said Middleton met the Rebels twice before and were beaten handily by them both times.

“So it was nice to get this win over Shelburne,” he said.

In a come-from-behind upset, the Monarchs pulled out all the stops to earn a spot at Provincials in two weeks time in Bridgewater.

“This was absolutely the game of the season. This is the hardest that I’ve ever seen these guys play,” said Monarchs coach Mike Mason minutes after the last buzzer. “And the score kind of tells it all for them. We had a couple of guys step up that might not have had as many minutes over the season but they stepped in when they needed to and they played some very good defense”

Mason gave kudos to Monarchs’ No. 20 Ryan Cloutier for his excellent defense but on the whole he described it as a good team game.

Middleton finished the season undefeated in their league, but had trouble with some of the South Shore teams before. Mason credited Shelburne with a tough game. He said Middleton met the Rebels twice before and were beaten handily by them both times.

“So it was nice to get this win over Shelburne,” he said.

The Final

The Rebels took the lead in the early going with the Monarchs slowly eroding that edge until the 7:43 mark of the second quarter when the host team went up 30-28. They never looked back as they extended that margin to more than 25 points in the last half of the game. Some Shelburne hustle in the final minutes knocked down the Middleton lead, but in the end it was too little too late with the Monarchs still ahead by 16 when the buzzer sounded.

Shelburne’s Drew Jacklin was top scorer for the Rebels with 26 points with Tyson Harley chipping in another 15.

Andus MacKinnon tries to get the ball free for a shot on the Shelburne net in the championship game of the boys Division 3 Western Regional Saturday. He scored 20 points in the game that gives Middleton a spot at Provincials.

Semi Finals

Middleton went right to the semi final in the tournament Saturday at noon, defeating Bridgewater 79-71. Joel Harris shot for 24 points to lead the Monarchs while MacKinnon chipped in 16, and Ben Dowell added 15. Walton added a dozen more points for the winners.

Matt Sabean with 19 points, Andrew Johnson with 18, and Mark Roger with 16 pace Bridgewater.

In the other semi final, played at 10 a.m. Saturday, Shelburne downed Lunenburg County’s Forest Heights Falcons 68-59 in a contest that saw Jacklin lead the Rebels with 31 points while Harley added 14 in the low-scoring contest. Austin Brown responded with 19 for the Falcons while teammate James Keddy had 16.

 

Preliminary Play

Annapolis West Education Centre entered the tournament in Game 2 against Bridgewater getting off to a slow start in a contest that Bridgewater eventually won 92-74. The AWEC Wolfpack was unable to gain back lost ground in the second half despite picking up their game to match the South Shore effort.

Josh Marshall paced the Wolfpack with 33 points while Nathaniel Stailing and Kerwyn Currie added 15 and 11 respectively.

Mark Roger had a tournament-high of 39 points for the Vikings while Chris Johnson and Connor Munro each added a dozen.

The loss put AWEC in a fifth-place contest with Kings-Edgehill where they lost 72-57 to the Windsor squad. That put the Annapolis Royal team out of the tournament and sends Kings-Edgehill to a Provincials qualifier.

With Saturday’s results, Middleton, Shelburne, Forest Heights, and Bridgewater advance to Provincials.

“Going forward we’ll go to provincials in two weeks time,” said Mason. “Provincials are in Bridgewater. We’re hoping to get a good ranking now that we’ve won this region, and we hope to bring another banner home.”

 

Games

Following are game-by-game results with high scorers:

 

Friday, Feb 19

Game 1

Forest Heights 70 - Kyle Russell 2, Zack Reeves 3, Colten Levy 5, Calum Norwood 8, Graeme Weagle 15, Austin Brown 17, Jeremie Grondin 7, Mitchell Thompson 3, James Keddy 10

Kings-Edgehill 52 - Kyle Yearwood 8, Athan Guo 7, Zacharia Ocole 4, David Lee 13, Adrian Danquah 15, John Atwood 3, Alex Jagot 2

 

Game 2

Bridgewater 92 - Andrew Johnson 6, Ryan O'Toole 7, Connor Munro 12, Chris Johnson 12, Mark Roger 39, Colin Silver 2, Matt Sabean 7, Bailey Silver 5, Sebastian Heffner 2

Annapolis West 74 - Dawson Longmire 7, Jesse Meuse 8, Josh Marshall 33, Kerwyn Currie 11, Nathaniel Stailing 15

 

Game 3

Kings-Edgehill 72 - David Wa 3, Kyle Yearwood 2, Athan Guo 10, Zacharia Ocole 3, David Lee 14, Adrian Danquah 25, John Atwood 15

Annapolis West 57 - Dawson Longmire 10, Jesse Meuse 11, Josh Marshall 22, Kerwyn Currie 12, Nathaniel Stailing 2

 

Saturday, Feb 20

Semi 1

Shelburne 68 - Tyson Harley 14, Drew Jacklin 31, Daniel Slack 10, Allan Hallett 9, Trevor Fehr 4

Forest Heights 59 - Zack Reeves 5, Colten Levy 3, Calum Norwood 4, Graeme Weagle 6, Austin Brown 19, Jeremie Grondin 6, James Keddy 16

 

Semi 2

Middleton 79 - Liam Walton 12, Joel Harris 24, Nethanael French 2, Ben Dowell 15, Caleb Morrison 2, Ryan Cloutier 4, Andus MacKinnon 16, Kobie Hubley 4

Bridgewater 71 - Andrew Johnson 18, Ryan O'Toole 1, Tom Skold 2, Connor Munro 9, Chris Johnson 5, Mark Roger 16, Matt Sabean 19, Bailey Silver 1

 

Consolation

Forest Heights 68 - Colten Levy 4, Calum Norwood 2, Graeme Weagle 12, Sam Rhodenizer 2, Austin Brown 32, Jeremie Grondin 5, Thomas Russell 2, James Keddy 9

Bridgewater 46 - Camden MacMillan 5, Andrew Johnson 3, Daylon Stitt-Williams 1, Ryan O'Toole 2, Connor Munro 11, Chris Johnson 8, Mark Roger 8, Colin Silver 3, Matt Sabean 5

 

Championship

Middleton 93 - Liam Walton 27, Joel Harris 9, Nethanael French 3, Ben Dowell 16, Ryan Cloutier 15, Andus MacKinnon 20, Kobie Hubley 3

Shelburne 77 - Tyson Harley 15, Drew Jacklin 26, Zac Nickerson 2, Daniel Slack 6, Skye Buchanan 10, Allan Hallett 5, Ryan Hardy 3, Trevor Fehr 8, Colton Wagner 2

Liam Walton goes up for another shot for the Middleton Monarchs as he helped pace the team in the championship final at Western Regionals. He scored 27 points in the game that saw the Monarchs down Shelburne 93-77 Saturday.

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