doc martens outlet uk Blues capture junior title at Zenon Ziemba tourney
Timmins High’s junior Blues defeated Sudbury’s Lo Ellen Knights on Saturday evening to claim the 48th annual Zenon Ziemba Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament championship title.
The tournament, held at O’Gorman Secondary School, saw the Blues defeat teams from Kapuskasing District High School, Timiskaming District Secondary School and secondaire catholique Th to make it to the finals.
That game ended with a 50 31 decision in favour of the Blues, who led 22 19 after the second quarter and 34 27 after the third quarter.
Coach Peter Graham said he was pleased that all 14 players contributed. He could be heard calling from the bench, it to get it back, throughout the game.
means give the ball up, and trust that your teammates are going to move the ball around so that you can touch it again, explained Graham.
just to try and encourage the guys to get longer possessions, because the longer we have the ball down the stretch, the more Lo Ellen is going to press to try and make up the deficit. coach was pleased with his team’s defense.
think our defense is fantastic. I think it confused Lo Ellen for long stretches of the game. Certainly we like to get out and transition and run. We went on a couple runs throughout the game, but it was because we were getting good looks at the start before the defense could get set up, said Graham.
anything in life, once you see a little bit of success, the rest of things get a little easier.
With adolescent boys, as I mentioned,
once the nerves were gone because we saw the ball go in a couple times, certainly things started to loosen up for us. emotion was another key aspect of the win against Lo Ellen Park Secondary School.
was good. I think we were a little nervous for the first quarter, being in a tournament final. This group’s been a lot of fun, the coach said. could see as the game wore on, when the nerves went away and we just started to move the ball a little bit more and not be worried about making mistakes things certainly worked out in the end. is Graham’s first year coaching the junior and senior team which also carried the title after defeating O’Gorman Secondary School in the final.
Graham said the juniors’ semi final against Th showed their defense tenacity.
think our depth today certainly wore Th out this morning and in the final. You could see Lo Ellen having a hard time keeping up to the pace. all star for THVS was Jeremy Duguay, with Lo Ellen’s all star being Bobby Sinclair.
The tournament’s junior division MVP was Blues player Owen Hagerty.
Graham was pleased with Duguay and Hagerty’s performances, as well as a few of their teammates.
Faucher did a great job. Nicholas Dicks did a great job off the bench of being a presence for us, a physical presence. coach said Tyler Marcotte excelled defensively, as well.
the fun part of coaching, is you have this group of puzzle pieces and you try to fit them together. Not to sound cliche, but sometimes they fit, sometimes they don’t. in their hometown was an obvious advantage, said Graham.
nice to play in the city, that goes without saying. The boys, to get to play in front of their families like this, and to get their friends and family and the supporters of the Blues basketball program to see the hard work of the boys,
The team will test themselves at a 64 team tournament in Peterborough this coming weekend. The junior Blues have two more league games coming up as well.