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OFSAA 4A Day 1 Game Recaps And Standouts

Published by on March 8, 2011

It was a solid day at 4A OFSSA London ( Clarke Road SS), as projected all the top seed teams took care of business winning in large fashion, the closest game being Sacred heart and Holy Trinity where Sacred took an 11 point victory. Oakwood, Sacred Heart, Father Henry Carr and St. Mikes all moved on to the second round. In the other 4A location (HB Beal) Vaughan, J Clarke, Loyola and HB Beal all won their games to compete at next round.

Game 1. Oakwood def. St. Thomas Aquinas 64-50.
This was a close game until midway through the 2nd qtr when Oakwood turned it up a notch out of a time out with 2 slams by Kevin Blake, a steal and hoop and just like that the Barons had a double digit lead. Blake led all scorers with 19 while Oakwood’s size bothered Aquinas as Isaiah Watkins tallied 12 rebs and 6 blocks despite foul trouble. Sean Patrick led Aquinas with 14pts.
Stand outs: Kevin Blake and his ability to change the game with his talent and athleticism, especially on the break. He’s got a real live body and uses it to disrupt his opponents game plan both on offence and defence.

Game 2: Father Henry Carr def. J. F. Ross 68-48
Carr struggled early missing several easy put backs so the game remained close for most of the first half. Tied at 15 with 5 minutes left in 2nd until Carr blows it open with a 19-5 run to make it 34-20 as Richard Audu got free for several fast break layups and Brendan Chevennes added 8pts off the bench for the Crusaders in the 1st half. J. F. Ross cut it to 10 in the 3rd until Audu slammed home 2 monster dunks to finish with 16pts. Jack Cornett scored 12pts for Aquinas.
Stand outs: Audu was huge on the break and in transition which are his strengths. He needs to develop a consistent mid-range jumper to complement his “get to the tin” game to be successful at the next level.

Game 3: Sacred Heart def. Holy Trinity 58-47.
Tight zone and man-to-man defence by Sacred Heart held star Holy Trinity guard Anthony Pate to 4 points in the game. Meanwhile Sacred Heart’s play maker Sean Stoqua was hitting his shots scoring 12pts in the first half. Vikas Gill fell hard on his backside near the end of the 2nd which knocked the wind out of him but came back to score 13 in the game. Nolan Mackenzie scored 13 for Holy Trinity.
Stand outs: Gill and Stoqua of course with 6 threes combined. Stoqua is fundamentally sound, doesn’t force things and can score in traffic while taking contact. Gill is a tough cover with both an inside and outside game. He’s hard to defend because what he lacks in athleticism he makes up for with a very high basketball IQ.

Game 4: St. Mike’s def. D’Youville 55-34.
St. Mike’s controlled most of the first half with solid defence and great guard play from Jelani Daniel and Ricardo Barbosa, nephew of Toronto Raptors guard Leandro Barbosa. Duane Notice scored a quiet 10 first half points but caught fire in the 2nd half  getting into the paint and rim with ease using his strength and skill to score a game-high 26pts. Daniel ended up with 13pts and 10rebs. James Agyman tallied 13pts for the Peel Champs.
Stand outs: Duane Notice had trouble finding the seams in the defence in the first half but used his spin dribble and fadeaway jumper in the post up and put the game out of reach early in the 4th.
Dylan Periana is a solid PG who can get in the paint with ease. He scored 8 first half points including a three but needs a true big man inside to take the pressure off him outside. His handles are solid allowing him to get to any spot on the court he so desires.

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