Kingston boys basketball titles go to Frontenac and LaSalle
The Kingston-area high school basketball championship games were played on Monday at the Queen’s University Athletic Centre.
For the second year in a row, Frontenac Secondary School won the junior boys title. The Falcons defeated the LaSalle Black Knights 56-35.
“Everybody played really hard,” said Falcons co-captain Connor Briand.
“We jumped out to an early lead and played some pretty solid defence. The game was over early and that’s just the way we wanted it,” added Briand, a Grade 10 student.
Sam Playter couldn’t agree more. The team’s leading scorer with 16 points said they followed the game plan to perfection.
“Because we had that big lead, everybody got to play and that creates a great team atmosphere where everybody feels they’re a part of the team,” said Playter, who next year plans to move up to the senior level.
The Falcons capped off a perfect season and will now represent the Kingston area at the Eastern Ontario championships this Thursday at Cornwall Collegiate.
The same two schools played in the senior championship game but this time LaSalle came out on top. The Black Knights defeated Frontenac 51-32.
“The game was a lot closer than the score would indicate,” said LaSalle captain Cole Syllas.
“Frontenac played us tough. They hung in there until the fourth quarter. Our depth and talent took over in the final period and that turned out to be the difference in the game,” added the graduating forward.
LaSalle finished the season with a perfect record of 13-0. Graduating guard Logan Elliott says the key to their success has to do with an outstanding coaching staff headed by Ron Severino.
“We’ve got three dedicated and committed coaches,” said Elliott.
“They all bring something different to the table. They work us hard in practice and it’s certainly paying off.”
LaSalle advances to the Eastern Ontario championship. They will host Cornwall Collegiate on Thursday afternoon.
The winner will qualify for the OFSAA championship tournament later this month in Hamilton.
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