Falcons and Crusaders dunk UOVHSAA victories
Fellowes is the first school in UOVHSAA history to win four consecutive senior championships.
On Feb. 15, the Fellowes Falcons successfully defended their Upper Ottawa Valley High School Athletic Association (UOVHSAA) senior boys basketball championship for the fourth year in a row.
Taking place at Opeongo High School, the action-packed championship game saw the Falcons emerge victorious as they defeated the Wildcats 70-38 to secure their spot as a county representative at the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Association (EOSSA) championships. Falcons’ Logan Mahoney led his team with 23 points while Sam Christinck dunked 12 points for the Wildcats.
“Our guys came out with energy which helped control rebounds and keep the pace of the game at a level we wanted. Good shooting from us also helped in the beginning quarter. Logan Mahoney and Elijah Morris were our top scorers; Connor Skeggs grabbed a lot of rebounds; Harry Alorgbey was a key defensive player for us and the entire team seems to have found a new dedication to the defensive end of the court. Opeongo is well coached and a team that will play hard from start to finish. They will be good representatives for our county at their EOSSAA championships,” said Pat Childerhose, Falcons coach. “For us, we want to show well at the 'AA' EOSSAA championships. All games are competitive there so we want to ensure we do things in practice this week to help us compete at a high level. We'll be playing at OFSAA in a couple of weeks too so the goal is that we have improvements in our play throughout the games so we are at our best when competing against the best in Ontario.”
For the junior division, the junior division's final game took place at Fellowes’ court and saw the Falcons battle the Bishop Smith Crusaders for the championship title.
The tight and gritty game saw the Crusaders jump to a 9-0 in the beginning as the Falcons closed the gap with solid three-point shooting.
While both teams remained closely matched as they aggressively fought one another, the Falcons were unable to gain and maintain the upperhand.
Ultimately, the Falcons didn’t follow in the footsteps of their senior contemporaries, as the Crusaders achieved a 48-44 to be crowned the victors.
The Crusaders’ top scorers were Aden Letourneau with 15 points, Noah Russell with 11 points and Andrew Plazek with 10 points.
“The Crusaders kept their composure through some physical play and finished the game from the free throw line 48-44,” said Crusaders coach Mark Plazek. “Bishop did a great job and they’ll now play in the EOSSAA championship tournament held at Bishop Smith on Wednesday Feb. 21.”
Falcons coach Bryan Bennett commended the Crusaders on their win, while expressing pride in his own team for demonstrating excellent teamwork and solid effort.
“While we didn’t get the outcome that we were hoping for, it wasn’t for lack of effort. Our team should be proud of the season, as our players improved vastly since day one, which is always the program goal.,” said Bennett. “Congratulations to Bishop on their great season as they demonstrated great sportsmanship throughout the final and all of the coaches are very excited for the Fellowes basketball program going forward.”