Local victories in basketball quarter finals
Bishop Smith and Fellowes defeated their adversaries in the quarter finals to secure top spots in high school boys basketball playoffs.
On Feb. 8 at Fellowes High School, the Jr. Falcons faced off against the Renfrew Collegiate Institute (RCI) Jr. Raiders in an action-packed match that ultimately saw the home team double their opponent 52-26. Fellowes’ top scorers were Brian Alorgbey with 23 points along with Ben Huckabone and Colan Mulvihill with nine points each.
The Falcons have now claimed the third seed position and will be competing against the second seed team – St. Joseph’s High School (SJHS) Jaguars – on Monday in Renfrew. Bishop Smith remains in first place and will be facing off against fourth place’s Arnprior Rapids on Monday as well.
“We knew this would be a tough game. RCI is a very well coached and athletic team. They had a clear game plan and defended us hard in the first half. We made some adjustments at the half and shots started falling for us more in the second half. Brian Alorgbey’s third quarter shooting really helped get the rest of the team going,” said Bryan Bennett, Jr. Falcons assistant coach. “We now head to St. Joe’s in Renfrew on Monday. The Jaguars have had a great year and we’ll need a strong effort against them. The guys are excited for this next challenge.”
For the senior division, Bishop Smith’s Crusaders engaged in a tight match against the Arnprior District High School (ADHS) Rapids that saw the Crusaders ultimately come out on top with a 64-56 victory. Bishop Smith’s top scorer was Michael Plazek with 25 points while Arnprior was led by Jason Smith with 26 points.
In other senior boys action, the St. Joe’s Jaguars just barely secured a 56-52 victory against the Mackenzie Community School (MCS) Mustangs.
Fellowes has now secured first place and will be facing off against fourth place’s St. Joe’s Jaguars on Monday. The Opeongo Wildcats are in second place and will compete against the Bishop Smith Crusaders.