Halifax school defeats Amherst in all-Nova Scotia final
SUMMERSIDE – The Prince Andrew Panthers took home the championship banner from the Three Oaks Senior High (TOSH) Christmas Classic for the second year in a row.
The Prince Andrew Panthers defeated the Amherst Regional High School Vikings 78-46 Saturday to take home the championship in the TOSH Christmas Classic. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer
The Panthers defeated the Amherst Regional High School Vikings 78-46 in an all-Nova Scotia final of the 21st annual senior AAA boys’ basketball tournament at the Three Oaks gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
“Amherst is a very hard-fighting scrappy team,” said Panthers head coach Kent Cooper, who acknowledged his team had to dig deep for the win despite the final score. “(There is) no quit in them, and they put up a hard fight.
“It took our guys some time to adjust, and eventually we just started chipping away at it and pulled off the win.”
Strong second half
The Panthers, who completed the three-day tournament a perfect 4-0 (won-lost), took a 29-25 lead into halftime and then pulled away in the second half as they outscored the Vikings 49-21.
“We hung tough for 3 1/2 quarters, but their athleticism and their depth became too much for us to handle,” said Vikings coach Tom Skaber. “We ran out of gas and they were just able to dig that much deeper than we could.”
Lindell Wigginton poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Panthers, who received a 15-point effort from Ben Kidston and eight from Matt Nielson.
Jason Morse (17), Adrian Van Vulpen (15) and Logan Dowe (10) all scored in double digits for the Vikings, who completed tournament play 3-1.
The Panthers’ Dekeyo Downey was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
The Vikings punched their ticket to the championship game with a 73-54 win over Miramichi Valley in the final game of the round robin on Saturday morning.
A Miramichi Valley win would have created a three-way tie at 2-1 with Amherst and the host Three Oaks Axemen.
Van Vulpen led the Vikings with 25 points. Dowe (11) and Morse (9) were the other top scorers.
Travis Valanne (14), Shannon Huber (13) and Ryan Dickson (12) were Miramichi Valley’s leading point-producers.
Amherst, which also defeated Three Oaks 85-50 and Bluefield 104-30 in round-robin play, led Miramichi Valley 37-22 at the half.
Snapshots of Christmas Classic
placement games Saturday:
Charlottetown Rural Raiders 106
“Amherst is a very hard-fighting scrappy team. (There is) no quit in them, and they put up a hard fight. It took our guys some time to adjust, and eventually we just started chipping away at it and pulled off the win.” Prince Andrew head coach Kent Cooper
Three Oaks Axemen 35
At Three Oaks Senior High (TOSH), Fola Oluyede scored 19 points to lead the Raiders, who led 43-18 at halftime.
Lucas Clow (17) and Logan MacDonald (15) also had big offensive performances.
Tanner Mendoza (8), James Meek (6) and Chris Richard (6) were Three Oaks’ top scorers.
Players of the game were Oluyede and Richard.
Colonel Gray Colonels 57
Miramichi Valley 46
At Three Oaks, the Colonels led by five points, 28-23, at the half.
Max Ramsay (18), Brett Butler (13) and Jeremy Thompson (13) were Gray’s top point-getters.
Shannon Huber (15), Evan vanBuskirk (10) and Travis Valanne (9) led Miramichi Valley’s offence.
Players of the game were D.J. Doyle (Miramichi Valley) and Mike Dowe (Gray).
Westisle Wolverines 62
Bluefield Bobcats 38
Summerside Intermediate School, Ryan Sutherland’s 21-point effort keyed the Westisle attack. Kent Doucette and Andrew Gough each chipped in with 10 points.
For Bluefield, John Linton (16), Brian Mahoney (8) and Nick Jackson (6) were the top scorers.
The Wolverines led 24-13 at the intermission.
Players of the game were Sutherland and Linton.
Christmas Classic tournament awards:
Most Valuable Player
Dekeyo Downey, Prince Andrew
Lindell Wigginton, Prince Andrew
Logan Dowe, Amherst
Adrian Van Vulpen, Amherst
Brayden White, Charlottetown Rural
How They Finished
Christmas Classic standings, including placement games:
Amherst 3 1
Three Oaks 2 2
Miramichi Valley 1 3
Bluefield 0 4
Prince Andrew 4 0
Charlottetown Rural 3 1
Colonel Gray 2 2
Westisle 1 3