Lions brave Storm for upset win in Hamilton basketball championship

Sports Feb 23, 2017 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

It wasn’t supposed to come down to the final shot.

The underdog Sir Allan MacNab Lions weren’t supposed to make it to the dying seconds with a chance to win.

But there they were, down two points with the ball in their hands and a plan in their heads.

And with just 1.4 seconds left on the clock, Omeechi Williams' three-pointer went in and the Lions were up 44-43.

With both teams struggling to score in a tight defensive battle, Williams said his coaches encouraged him to keep plugging away.

"My coaches said, 'keep hitting the shot, keep shooting,'" said Williams, who collapsed to the floor as his game-winning shot went down.

The Saltfleet Storm, undefeated all season and heavily favoured to win, couldn’t come back.

The win gave MacNab its second-straight Hamilton public high school senior boys basketball Division 1 championship in a row.

Thomasi Gilgeous-Alexander, who got the ball to Williams as the clock wound down, was the game’s top scorer with 15 points. He lifted the Lions to an early lead with four three-pointers to open the game. Tyler Guppy added nine and Kris MacLean eight for the winners.

Cam McVeety had nine points for Saltfleet, Andrew Bartlett had eight and Terry Hill added seven.

Both Sir Allan MacNab and Saltfleet will play in the Southern Ontario Secondary School (SOSSA) senior boys ‘AAA’ championship, which begins Monday at MacNab.

In the junior D1 championship, Saltfleet captured its first junior title with a 68-58 win over MacNab, snapping that school’s six season winning streak.

Marco Josipovic led the Storm with 29 points, Daquin Stewart had 16 and Thomas Matsell had 13. Rahmir Rowley was MacNab’s top scorer with 16.

The Storm advance to the SOSSA junior ‘AA’ championship Wednesday at Notre Dame College in Welland.

In the Division 2 senior championship, George P. Vanier notched a convincing 58-28 win over Delta. Vanier was led by Philippe Niare who poured in a game high 36 points in the contest. Delta’s Austen Millben had 14 points while Austin Turner had 12 in the loss.

Delta collected the junior Division 2 title, topping Hamilton District Christian 48-28. It marked Delta’s first junior boys basketball title since 1969. Delta’s Zach Chaddock led the way for the Red Raiders with 14 points while Carlos Quammie posted 12.  Stefan Stewart also had seven points in the win.

 For Hamilton District, Tavaugh Rose tallied nine points with teammate Dylan VanVeen recording seven.

Lions brave Storm for upset win in Hamilton basketball championship

Sir Allan MacNab beats Saltfleet for Division 1 basketball title

Sports Feb 23, 2017 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

It wasn’t supposed to come down to the final shot.

The underdog Sir Allan MacNab Lions weren’t supposed to make it to the dying seconds with a chance to win.

But there they were, down two points with the ball in their hands and a plan in their heads.

And with just 1.4 seconds left on the clock, Omeechi Williams' three-pointer went in and the Lions were up 44-43.

With both teams struggling to score in a tight defensive battle, Williams said his coaches encouraged him to keep plugging away.

"My coaches said, 'keep hitting the shot, keep shooting,'" said Williams, who collapsed to the floor as his game-winning shot went down.

The Saltfleet Storm, undefeated all season and heavily favoured to win, couldn’t come back.

The win gave MacNab its second-straight Hamilton public high school senior boys basketball Division 1 championship in a row.

Thomasi Gilgeous-Alexander, who got the ball to Williams as the clock wound down, was the game’s top scorer with 15 points. He lifted the Lions to an early lead with four three-pointers to open the game. Tyler Guppy added nine and Kris MacLean eight for the winners.

Cam McVeety had nine points for Saltfleet, Andrew Bartlett had eight and Terry Hill added seven.

Both Sir Allan MacNab and Saltfleet will play in the Southern Ontario Secondary School (SOSSA) senior boys ‘AAA’ championship, which begins Monday at MacNab.

In the junior D1 championship, Saltfleet captured its first junior title with a 68-58 win over MacNab, snapping that school’s six season winning streak.

Marco Josipovic led the Storm with 29 points, Daquin Stewart had 16 and Thomas Matsell had 13. Rahmir Rowley was MacNab’s top scorer with 16.

The Storm advance to the SOSSA junior ‘AA’ championship Wednesday at Notre Dame College in Welland.

In the Division 2 senior championship, George P. Vanier notched a convincing 58-28 win over Delta. Vanier was led by Philippe Niare who poured in a game high 36 points in the contest. Delta’s Austen Millben had 14 points while Austin Turner had 12 in the loss.

Delta collected the junior Division 2 title, topping Hamilton District Christian 48-28. It marked Delta’s first junior boys basketball title since 1969. Delta’s Zach Chaddock led the way for the Red Raiders with 14 points while Carlos Quammie posted 12.  Stefan Stewart also had seven points in the win.

 For Hamilton District, Tavaugh Rose tallied nine points with teammate Dylan VanVeen recording seven.

Lions brave Storm for upset win in Hamilton basketball championship

Sir Allan MacNab beats Saltfleet for Division 1 basketball title

Sports Feb 23, 2017 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

It wasn’t supposed to come down to the final shot.

The underdog Sir Allan MacNab Lions weren’t supposed to make it to the dying seconds with a chance to win.

But there they were, down two points with the ball in their hands and a plan in their heads.

And with just 1.4 seconds left on the clock, Omeechi Williams' three-pointer went in and the Lions were up 44-43.

With both teams struggling to score in a tight defensive battle, Williams said his coaches encouraged him to keep plugging away.

"My coaches said, 'keep hitting the shot, keep shooting,'" said Williams, who collapsed to the floor as his game-winning shot went down.

The Saltfleet Storm, undefeated all season and heavily favoured to win, couldn’t come back.

The win gave MacNab its second-straight Hamilton public high school senior boys basketball Division 1 championship in a row.

Thomasi Gilgeous-Alexander, who got the ball to Williams as the clock wound down, was the game’s top scorer with 15 points. He lifted the Lions to an early lead with four three-pointers to open the game. Tyler Guppy added nine and Kris MacLean eight for the winners.

Cam McVeety had nine points for Saltfleet, Andrew Bartlett had eight and Terry Hill added seven.

Both Sir Allan MacNab and Saltfleet will play in the Southern Ontario Secondary School (SOSSA) senior boys ‘AAA’ championship, which begins Monday at MacNab.

In the junior D1 championship, Saltfleet captured its first junior title with a 68-58 win over MacNab, snapping that school’s six season winning streak.

Marco Josipovic led the Storm with 29 points, Daquin Stewart had 16 and Thomas Matsell had 13. Rahmir Rowley was MacNab’s top scorer with 16.

The Storm advance to the SOSSA junior ‘AA’ championship Wednesday at Notre Dame College in Welland.

In the Division 2 senior championship, George P. Vanier notched a convincing 58-28 win over Delta. Vanier was led by Philippe Niare who poured in a game high 36 points in the contest. Delta’s Austen Millben had 14 points while Austin Turner had 12 in the loss.

Delta collected the junior Division 2 title, topping Hamilton District Christian 48-28. It marked Delta’s first junior boys basketball title since 1969. Delta’s Zach Chaddock led the way for the Red Raiders with 14 points while Carlos Quammie posted 12.  Stefan Stewart also had seven points in the win.

 For Hamilton District, Tavaugh Rose tallied nine points with teammate Dylan VanVeen recording seven.