2018 OFSAA 'AA' basketball wrap-up
The Fellowes Falcons’ OFSAA AA basketball journey came to an end Thursday afternoon during the consolation championship game.
After staging a valiant effort in coming back to battle through the consolation bracket at the Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Association’s (OFSAA) boys’ AA basketball tournament, the Falcons fell just short in the consolation championship game.
Matched up against Woodroffe High School from Ottawa, the Falcons, who hosted the tournament here in Pembroke, were defeated by a final score of 90-55.
Woodroffe outscored Fellowes in every quarter, and then dominated in the fourth, shutting the Falcons right down, outscoring them 19-8 in the final frame.
“In tournaments like this, if you’re not consistently at your top level of play, you’re going to get hurt and in the course of 32 minutes that's going to be noticed,” said Pat Childerhose, Falcons coach and OFSAA co-convenor. “I’m happy with our guys but we always want to strive for something better and that's why we play these top level teams to try and make sure we are improving.”
Logan Mahoney led the Falcons with 27 points while the top scorer for Woodroffe was Mohamed D Omar with 34 points.
The 2018 OFSAA boys’ AA basketball tournament closed with Kingston’s Lasalle Secondary School downing Belleville’s St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School 66-44 to claim the bronze medal. London’s Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School, the No. 5 seed, took home the overall provincial championship and the gold medal after defeating St. Catharines’ St. Francis Catholic Secondary 54-52 in a thrilling final match Thursday night.
Once it came time to officially close and wrap up the tournament, Childerhose expressed that despite falling short in the final game, he’s proud of his team and couldn’t be more pleased with how the OFSAA tournament turned out.
“I think this was an excellent experience for these guys, I think it's good for the local community to witness an elite basketball tournament like this,” said Childerhose. “I certainly admire our team's spirit. They're not intimidated but rather they’re excited about playing this level of competition and i think with that attitude it will pose well for the future – whether it's basketball-related or life-related. They’re not afraid of new and daunting tasks and hopefully we've learned what we need to do to keep improving the basketball program and keep improving as a team.”