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PECI senior boys golden at basketball invitational

PECI-B-ball-2014-goldThe PECI Senior Boys Basketball team brought home the gold medal at the Trinity College Invitational on the weekend.

Coach Rob Garden says that after capturing a silver medal at the Garnett and Gold Classic in Kingston in December, the boys were hungry to medal up this tournament.

Garden’s shares game reports:
Game #1 vs. Cobourg West DCI (Cobourg): 51 – 36 win
Over the past month, we have started to get contributions from different players each game, and this game was no different.  Ten Panthers found the bottom of the basket, compared to only 5 from Cobourg.  In addition, all 13 Panthers saw court time, compared to only 8 from Cobourg.  At the end of the game, the Panther’s team concept and aggressive defence was just too much for Cobourg to handle.  In the absence of Mark Mitchell who was out with an ankle injury, Blaine Swackhammer had his best game of the year at point guard.  Taylor Reddick led all scorers with 12 points.

Game #2 vs. St Peter’s (Peterborough): 50 – 49 win
Facing a scrappy AAA team from Peterborough, the boys knew they would need to play a strong game to advance to the finals.  St. Peter’s was very quick defensively, and shot the ball very well from beyond the arc hitting 11 three pointers.  We held the lead the entire game, but every time we would stretch it out and start to pull away, St. Peter’s would hit some big shots and claw their way back into the game.  Down the stretch, the boys cranked up the defence and rebounded very hard.  We only let St. Peter’s hit two 3-pointers in the entire second half, which was the difference in the game.  The boys missed some free throws in the final moments of the game, but our defence bailed us out and allowed us to advance to the Gold Medal game.

Gold Medal Game vs. Perth DCI (Perth): 51 – 31 win
Facing the 2014 AA OFSAA hosts from Perth, our boys wanted to make a statement.  Our game plan was focused on playing very tough interior help defence, and being patient on offence against the Perth zone.  We also knew that Perth shot the ball very well, so we wanted to chase them off the 3-point line as much as possible.  They managed to hit nine 3-pointers, but only scored one field goal the entire game.  Once again, we had 9 guys score and played all 13, but our veteran guys led the way offensively.  Taylor Reddick scored 19 and Morgan Johnson had his best game in a while scoring 12.

With the win, the boys also captured their 20th win of the season and now have a 20-6 record overall.

Up next for the boys are three important league games this week versus St. Theresa, St. Pauls and Bayside.  The next home game happens after the exam break when they face Centennial on Tuesday, Feb. 4th.  Garden says everybody is welcome to attend the games to watch some very high quality basketball.

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  1. D Michelle Found says:

    This is a group of wonderful young men! They play hard and they play well. VERY proud to be a Panther Parent!
    And cheers to the great Coaches!

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