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Photo by Mike Pearson

Photo by Mike Pearson

Saltfleet's Darnell Curtin, No. 9, challenges a Churchill defender during the Storm's final regular season game.

Saltfleet hopes to storm through senior boys basketball playoffs

By Laura Lennie, News Staff

The head coach of the Saltfleet Storm senior boys basketball squad says he’s happy with the team’s performance on the court so far this season.

“The players’ performance has been fantastic,” David Ormerod said last Thursday. “The team has blended together really well. It’s a very young team with the return of almost all players next year.”

Saltfleet finished the Hamilton-Wentworth Interscholastic Athletic Council regular season atop the division one east conference standings with a 13-1 record, after beating the Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs 63-43 last Thursday at Saltfleet District High School.

Along the way, the Storm also scored first-place finishes at the 13th annual Ken Ormerod Memorial Tip-off and Kitchener Resurrection tournaments in December. The team earned a place in the final of the 13th annual Bob Wilmot Referee’s Memorial tournament in December as well.

Saltfleet’s success on the court thus far this season can be attributed in part to lead scorers Nicola Djogo and Woods Brown, along with top rebounder Nick Pett.

“We have a very deep and athletic team. Everyone has contributed and that is the key,” Ormerod said. “Hard work and teamwork also have been the key. (Coaches) Jim Weatherbee and Flavio Bottasso running spring practice and taking the team to a couple of tournaments in the states this past summer have played an important part in preparing the players as well.”

The Storm started its HWIAC playoff run on a high note, defeating the fourth-place west conference Highland Hawks 74-61 in the quarter-finals on Monday at home.

The team took on the second-place west conference Westmount Wildcats in the semifinals on Wednesday at Saltfleet. Results were unavailable at press deadline.

Ormerod said last Thursday, heading into the playoffs, that the competition will be “tough.”

“If we play well, we should make the finals,” he said. “We will be successful if we keeping doing the same things we have done all year – play hard and smart and use our depth.”

Ormerod said he hopes Saltfleet’s successful run continues.

“I won’t be happy unless we win the championship and get to SOSSA,” he said.

For a full playoff schedule and up-to-date scores, visit www.hwdsb.on.ca/athletics

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