low doc martens Blues defeat Knights in Zenon Ziemba senior final
An all Timmins senior final saw the Blues defeat the Knights 58 38 in the Saturday evening championship game of the Zenon Ziemba Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament.
His team difficult games all the way through and it seemed like we ran out of gas in the finals. We lost to Timmins High, who are a strong team. They beat up on us pretty good. would like to see his group’s consistency improve.
make a great run and then we’ll just stop doing the things that make us successful. I think if we get over that hump, we could play with any team that we face.
highs don’t last as long as our lows. We have great 10s starting for us. We only have one fifth year guy, Jeremy Okonmha, who’s huge for us. We just lack that experience. said his team has played the Blues four times this season.
is the first time it’s been so one sided. The last three games, they were great to be involved in. It seemed like we just couldn’t get anything going.
young and they’re learning and they want to get better. They’re a great group of guys to be around.
crazy, but when the ball doesn’t go through the orange hoop, it really affects your whole attitude and your energy level. The ball goes through the hoop and all of a sudden we’re feeling good about ourselves. senior boys started off the tournament with wins against Kapuskasing District High School, secondaire catholique Franco Cit and Korah Collegiate Vocational School.
For their part, the Blues captured a 70 28 win over Iroquois Falls Secondary School. From there,
they won contests against Timiskaming District Secondary School and Lo Ellen Park Secondary School.
The final saw the Blues take hold of a 26 16 lead from the first quarter. They maintained momentum throughout. The second quarter ended at 33 18, and the third saw a 46 25 lead.
The final, 58 38, was a far cry from Timmins High’s semi final win, where the Blues won by two points against Sudbury’s Lo Ellen Park Secondary School with just seconds to spare.
Blues coach Peter Graham said his seniors got off to a slow start.
jumped all over us, he said. was a four five point game the whole game, until we got a couple of stops. Jay Chenier got us out for a layup, and then Kevin Leblond made a great play, finding Chris Lachapelle for the game winning layup.
gym just exploded. for the final, Graham said the team did a great job of following the game plan.
having some success shooting the ball,
which has been great. That’s carried over since we were in Moncton in December. The guys have a different level of confidence, he said.
the spectators can see is our brand of basketball is fun, but the guys really play for each other. On defense, I thought we dug in early, and our defense was ready to go. We had some lulls with offense.
really happy with how we rotated on defense. said O’Gorman is a familiar opponent, and despite finals success, he’ll be looking for more improvement from the Blues.
the guys know, it will never end with me about what we can get better at, he said, noting that rebounds are on that list.
we weren’t doing things properly on the defensive end,
they exploited that. is also the juniors coach, and he had the younger team stay after their finals success earlier in the day to watch the seniors compete.