Falcons secure spot in OFSAA consolation final
Feet stomped, hands clapped and hundreds of voices chanted “We Will Rock You” as they cheered for the Fellowes Falcons basketball team.
During the second night of the OFSAA ‘AA’ boys basketball championship, the Falcons defeated Northern Ontario (NOSSA) champion Lasalle 51-42, securing a spot in the consolation semifinal.
“We beat the Northern Ontario champion Lasalle from Sudbury and it was a great game,” said Pat Childerhose, Falcons coach and OFSAA co-convenor. “It was a great effort from all players and the best defence we played all year.”
Now it was the morning of March 7, the final day of the provincial championship, and the Falcons faced off against Barrie’s St. Joseph’s Catholic School for the consolation semifinal match.
Taking place at Valour School’s gymnasium, hundreds of Fellowes and Valour staff and students – ranging from kindergarten through to Grade 12 – filled the bleachers to cheer on the Falcons and empower them with the help of Queen’s iconic rock song.
The tight game saw both teams relatively equally matched and as they continually responded to each other goal-for-goal. With the teams tied 19-19 by the end of the first quarter, it wasn’t until the second period that the Falcons secured a small lead that they aggressively fought to maintain. Leading 43-41 by the end of the third quarter, with their fans cheering them on from the bleachers, the Falcons confidently flew past their opponent to claim a 60-54 victory by game’s end. The Falcons leading scorer was Gavin Lauderdale with 18 points, with strong support coming from Logan Mahoney.
“We’ve come together as a true team with great spirit from the bench and unselfish play on offence. When the other team got their points, we were quick to make changes to slow their scoring opportunities,” said Childerhose. “I’m proud of these guys but we’ll have to keep working hard as we’ll have a tough opponent tonight when we face Ottawa champion Woodroffe High School.”
The consolation championship game saw the Falcons face Woodroffe H.S. on the home court Wednesday afternoon. The bronze and gold medal games followed, but the results were unavailable at press time.