Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior boys basketball squad dribbles to fourth-place finish at OFSAA AAA championships

Sports Mar 10, 2017 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior boys basketball squad soared to a fourth-place finish at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAA championships this week after two hard-fought battles in the final round.

Assistant coach Andrew Sergi says a fourth-place finish among the best teams in Ontario is something to be proud of.

“To end with back-to-back losses on the final day is obviously something we didn’t want to do, but we gave our best effort and lost by a total of four points,” he said. “It’s frustrating, but it’s also positive because you realize that all the work that we did throughout the year, it did mean something, because we were that close.”

No. 4-ranked Cardinal Newman lost to the No. 3-seeded Pine Ridge Pumas 53-52 in overtime of the provincial bronze medal game on March 8 in North Bay.

The Cardinals took on Pine Ridge after losing to the No. 1-ranked St. Benedict Saints 42-39 in the semifinal earlier that day.

The squad had beat the Collingwood Owls 47-42 in the quarter-final on March 7, Wilfrid Laurier Rams 56-40 in the second round on March 7 and Vaughan Voyageurs 64-52 in the first round on March 6.

Sergi said the bronze medal game was a “good back-and-forth” matchup, with Pine Ridge hitting a three-pointer with about two seconds left in regulation time to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Overtime also was end-to-end, with the Pumas scoring with about seven seconds left, he said.

“We came down, didn’t even get a shot off and that was it, we lost the game,” Sergi said, adding Cardinal Newman was still suffering the effects of a “bitter defeat” at the hands of St. Benedict in the semifinal, which came down to one play at the final buzzer. “We just didn’t have the same energy and intensity you need in a game. The players hadn’t recovered from the loss that happened earlier that day, that was still fresh in their minds.”

Cardinal Newman earned its place at OFSAA after beating the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders 68-53 in the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference AAA championship on Feb. 27 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School and garnering its second GHAC crown.

The Cardinals scored their spot at GHAC after defeating the Cathedral Gaels 60-51 in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association championship on Feb. 21 at McMaster University and picking up their fourth high school title.

The squad finished atop the standings in regular-season action with a 12-0 record.

Sergi said while Cardinal Newman was unsuccessful in earning its first gold medal at OFSAA this season, it had a successful run overall this year.

“Things didn’t end the way we wanted them to and there’s still always going to be the what ifs,” he said. “We did accomplish all of the other goals we set at the beginning of the season, so we’re very proud of the players.”

Sergi said Cardinal Newman will lose four of its five starting players next season.

The Cardinals’ remaining players have gained a lot of valuable experience on the court this season — experience they can carry into next year, he said.

“The other positive for us is that our junior team was good this season — they lost in the league championship — and there are at least three players from that team who are going to contribute immediately to the senior team next year,” Sergi said. “That’s certainly a plus for us. That will definitely help us moving forward.”

Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior boys basketball squad dribbles to fourth-place finish at OFSAA AAA championships

Team loses close battle with Pine Ridge Pumas in bronze medal game

Sports Mar 10, 2017 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior boys basketball squad soared to a fourth-place finish at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAA championships this week after two hard-fought battles in the final round.

Assistant coach Andrew Sergi says a fourth-place finish among the best teams in Ontario is something to be proud of.

“To end with back-to-back losses on the final day is obviously something we didn’t want to do, but we gave our best effort and lost by a total of four points,” he said. “It’s frustrating, but it’s also positive because you realize that all the work that we did throughout the year, it did mean something, because we were that close.”

No. 4-ranked Cardinal Newman lost to the No. 3-seeded Pine Ridge Pumas 53-52 in overtime of the provincial bronze medal game on March 8 in North Bay.

The Cardinals took on Pine Ridge after losing to the No. 1-ranked St. Benedict Saints 42-39 in the semifinal earlier that day.

The squad had beat the Collingwood Owls 47-42 in the quarter-final on March 7, Wilfrid Laurier Rams 56-40 in the second round on March 7 and Vaughan Voyageurs 64-52 in the first round on March 6.

Sergi said the bronze medal game was a “good back-and-forth” matchup, with Pine Ridge hitting a three-pointer with about two seconds left in regulation time to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Overtime also was end-to-end, with the Pumas scoring with about seven seconds left, he said.

“We came down, didn’t even get a shot off and that was it, we lost the game,” Sergi said, adding Cardinal Newman was still suffering the effects of a “bitter defeat” at the hands of St. Benedict in the semifinal, which came down to one play at the final buzzer. “We just didn’t have the same energy and intensity you need in a game. The players hadn’t recovered from the loss that happened earlier that day, that was still fresh in their minds.”

Cardinal Newman earned its place at OFSAA after beating the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders 68-53 in the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference AAA championship on Feb. 27 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School and garnering its second GHAC crown.

The Cardinals scored their spot at GHAC after defeating the Cathedral Gaels 60-51 in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association championship on Feb. 21 at McMaster University and picking up their fourth high school title.

The squad finished atop the standings in regular-season action with a 12-0 record.

Sergi said while Cardinal Newman was unsuccessful in earning its first gold medal at OFSAA this season, it had a successful run overall this year.

“Things didn’t end the way we wanted them to and there’s still always going to be the what ifs,” he said. “We did accomplish all of the other goals we set at the beginning of the season, so we’re very proud of the players.”

Sergi said Cardinal Newman will lose four of its five starting players next season.

The Cardinals’ remaining players have gained a lot of valuable experience on the court this season — experience they can carry into next year, he said.

“The other positive for us is that our junior team was good this season — they lost in the league championship — and there are at least three players from that team who are going to contribute immediately to the senior team next year,” Sergi said. “That’s certainly a plus for us. That will definitely help us moving forward.”

Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior boys basketball squad dribbles to fourth-place finish at OFSAA AAA championships

Team loses close battle with Pine Ridge Pumas in bronze medal game

Sports Mar 10, 2017 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior boys basketball squad soared to a fourth-place finish at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAA championships this week after two hard-fought battles in the final round.

Assistant coach Andrew Sergi says a fourth-place finish among the best teams in Ontario is something to be proud of.

“To end with back-to-back losses on the final day is obviously something we didn’t want to do, but we gave our best effort and lost by a total of four points,” he said. “It’s frustrating, but it’s also positive because you realize that all the work that we did throughout the year, it did mean something, because we were that close.”

No. 4-ranked Cardinal Newman lost to the No. 3-seeded Pine Ridge Pumas 53-52 in overtime of the provincial bronze medal game on March 8 in North Bay.

The Cardinals took on Pine Ridge after losing to the No. 1-ranked St. Benedict Saints 42-39 in the semifinal earlier that day.

The squad had beat the Collingwood Owls 47-42 in the quarter-final on March 7, Wilfrid Laurier Rams 56-40 in the second round on March 7 and Vaughan Voyageurs 64-52 in the first round on March 6.

Sergi said the bronze medal game was a “good back-and-forth” matchup, with Pine Ridge hitting a three-pointer with about two seconds left in regulation time to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Overtime also was end-to-end, with the Pumas scoring with about seven seconds left, he said.

“We came down, didn’t even get a shot off and that was it, we lost the game,” Sergi said, adding Cardinal Newman was still suffering the effects of a “bitter defeat” at the hands of St. Benedict in the semifinal, which came down to one play at the final buzzer. “We just didn’t have the same energy and intensity you need in a game. The players hadn’t recovered from the loss that happened earlier that day, that was still fresh in their minds.”

Cardinal Newman earned its place at OFSAA after beating the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders 68-53 in the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference AAA championship on Feb. 27 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School and garnering its second GHAC crown.

The Cardinals scored their spot at GHAC after defeating the Cathedral Gaels 60-51 in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association championship on Feb. 21 at McMaster University and picking up their fourth high school title.

The squad finished atop the standings in regular-season action with a 12-0 record.

Sergi said while Cardinal Newman was unsuccessful in earning its first gold medal at OFSAA this season, it had a successful run overall this year.

“Things didn’t end the way we wanted them to and there’s still always going to be the what ifs,” he said. “We did accomplish all of the other goals we set at the beginning of the season, so we’re very proud of the players.”

Sergi said Cardinal Newman will lose four of its five starting players next season.

The Cardinals’ remaining players have gained a lot of valuable experience on the court this season — experience they can carry into next year, he said.

“The other positive for us is that our junior team was good this season — they lost in the league championship — and there are at least three players from that team who are going to contribute immediately to the senior team next year,” Sergi said. “That’s certainly a plus for us. That will definitely help us moving forward.”