(PETERBOROUGH) The Adam Scott Lions high school boy’s basketball team’s quest for COSSA gold fell short on their home court Monday.
Quinte region’s Nicholson Catholic Collegiate’s crusade for the title overcame the Lions to earn a birth in the 2012 OFSSA boys basketball championships.
As both schools are deep in basketball talent, the junior and senior teams from Adam Scott and Nicholson were head-to-head in the double header. Unfortunately for the hometown Lions, neither team could finish off the Crusaders from Nicholson. Adam Scott’s juniors fell 39-45 while the senior team lost 30-44.
Both teams had hopes of earning double gold and shake off the silver lining that two other school teams had earned earlier this year.
The boy’s basketball teams are the third and fourth teams from Adam Scott playing in a COSSA championship this season. The football and boys volleyball teams each won silver in each of their conference games, a feat not normally experienced at Adam Scott.
The junior game was a thrilling game for the fans to watch.
Down by 13 at the half, the Lions drew within seven points with a minute to play. Strong play from Jordan Wilson from Adam Scott kept them in the hunt, but the three-point prowess of Nicholson’s Ben Graham was more than Wilson and his team could handle.
Graham finished with seven three-pointers on the night and a game high 21 points. Wilson was top scorer for Adam Scott with 13 points.
“We never played badly,” said Adam Scott’s coach Scott Scholey. “We just fell a little short.”
The senior’s game was the opposite situation with the same result.
The Lions were in control early in the match up behind a strong offensive performance by standout Matt Nelson. Nelson’s 10 first-half points led all scorers at the half, but wasn’t enough to stave off the push by the Crusaders’ offence.
The Crusaders went on to outscore the Lions 14-6 in the second half and cruise to 44-30 victory.
Crusader Bryson Asselstine scored 16 points to lead all scorers, while Adam Scott’s Dave Mann dropped in 11 points in the losing effort.
Despite the disappointment, Lions head coach Nick Sheppard was incredibly proud of his squad, focusing not on the outcome of the game, but the growth he has been privileged to witness in his seniors.
“I’ve had the honour of watching them grow from boys into men,” says Sheppard having coached six of his team members for a number of years.