Sir Allan MacNab Lions win fourth midget boys basketball title in a row

Community Apr 30, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

The MacNab boys made it four in a row and the Westmount girls won their third straight in the public high school midget basketball finals Thursday.

The Sir Allan MacNab Lions held on to beat the Orchard Park Patriots to win their fourth straight championship. The Lions let a nine-point lead slip to a single point in the fourth quarter but held on for a 53-51 win.

“It was a little closer than we would like down to the end,” said coach Tom Fisher. “We knew it would be a close game because Orchard Park has a really good basketball program.”

Devon Steele had a game-saving block with a handful of seconds left in the game to preserve the Lions’ lead.

“He secured that rebound for us and then Orchard Park was in a position where they had to foul,” said Fisher.

It’s nice to win four titles in a row, he said, “but to be honest we always tell our players our real objective is just player development, to get them better.”

“We want those guys to be ready for junior basketball, for those guys who are able to make the jump.”

Devon Steele was the Lions’ top scorer with 17 points. Abrar Sedat and Tyler Guppy had 10 each.

The Wildcats trailed after the first quarter before Brooklyn Johnson got fired up to put Westmount in the lead. Johnson scored 15 points in the first half and ended up with 22. Wajeeha Cheema had three points.

Hafsa Abdulle had 10 points to lead the Lions.

Kosta Kalogiros and Jon Vermeer coach the Wildcats.

Westmount finished the season with a .500 record but started to gel at the end of the season, said Vermeer.

“Brooklyn has been playing well the whole season and the rest of the girls have kind of caught up to her,” he said. “They made life easier for her and added a couple of baskets and that was the difference today.”

Sir Allan MacNab Lions win fourth midget boys basketball title in a row

Westmount Wildcats take third straight girls championship

Community Apr 30, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

The MacNab boys made it four in a row and the Westmount girls won their third straight in the public high school midget basketball finals Thursday.

The Sir Allan MacNab Lions held on to beat the Orchard Park Patriots to win their fourth straight championship. The Lions let a nine-point lead slip to a single point in the fourth quarter but held on for a 53-51 win.

“It was a little closer than we would like down to the end,” said coach Tom Fisher. “We knew it would be a close game because Orchard Park has a really good basketball program.”

Devon Steele had a game-saving block with a handful of seconds left in the game to preserve the Lions’ lead.

It was a little closer than we would like down to the end

“He secured that rebound for us and then Orchard Park was in a position where they had to foul,” said Fisher.

It’s nice to win four titles in a row, he said, “but to be honest we always tell our players our real objective is just player development, to get them better.”

“We want those guys to be ready for junior basketball, for those guys who are able to make the jump.”

Devon Steele was the Lions’ top scorer with 17 points. Abrar Sedat and Tyler Guppy had 10 each.

The Wildcats trailed after the first quarter before Brooklyn Johnson got fired up to put Westmount in the lead. Johnson scored 15 points in the first half and ended up with 22. Wajeeha Cheema had three points.

Hafsa Abdulle had 10 points to lead the Lions.

Kosta Kalogiros and Jon Vermeer coach the Wildcats.

Westmount finished the season with a .500 record but started to gel at the end of the season, said Vermeer.

“Brooklyn has been playing well the whole season and the rest of the girls have kind of caught up to her,” he said. “They made life easier for her and added a couple of baskets and that was the difference today.”

Sir Allan MacNab Lions win fourth midget boys basketball title in a row

Westmount Wildcats take third straight girls championship

Community Apr 30, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

The MacNab boys made it four in a row and the Westmount girls won their third straight in the public high school midget basketball finals Thursday.

The Sir Allan MacNab Lions held on to beat the Orchard Park Patriots to win their fourth straight championship. The Lions let a nine-point lead slip to a single point in the fourth quarter but held on for a 53-51 win.

“It was a little closer than we would like down to the end,” said coach Tom Fisher. “We knew it would be a close game because Orchard Park has a really good basketball program.”

Devon Steele had a game-saving block with a handful of seconds left in the game to preserve the Lions’ lead.

It was a little closer than we would like down to the end

“He secured that rebound for us and then Orchard Park was in a position where they had to foul,” said Fisher.

It’s nice to win four titles in a row, he said, “but to be honest we always tell our players our real objective is just player development, to get them better.”

“We want those guys to be ready for junior basketball, for those guys who are able to make the jump.”

Devon Steele was the Lions’ top scorer with 17 points. Abrar Sedat and Tyler Guppy had 10 each.

The Wildcats trailed after the first quarter before Brooklyn Johnson got fired up to put Westmount in the lead. Johnson scored 15 points in the first half and ended up with 22. Wajeeha Cheema had three points.

Hafsa Abdulle had 10 points to lead the Lions.

Kosta Kalogiros and Jon Vermeer coach the Wildcats.

Westmount finished the season with a .500 record but started to gel at the end of the season, said Vermeer.

“Brooklyn has been playing well the whole season and the rest of the girls have kind of caught up to her,” he said. “They made life easier for her and added a couple of baskets and that was the difference today.”