SOURIS – There was no shortage of excitement in the semifinals of the P.E.I. School Athletic Association midget A basketball championships at Souris Regional High School on Friday.
The day started off with the Miscouche Mustangs advancing to the girls’ gold-medal game with a nail-biting 26-25 win over Souris, the No. 1 seed from the East Division.
The Stonepark Tigers defeated the Summerside Intermediate School Owls 40-24 in the other girls’ semifinal.
In boys’ action, the Morell Marlins defeated the Englewood Bulldogs 52-49, and the Souris Spartans defeated the Kensington Torchmen 68-55.
Following is a look at Friday’s games:
Miscouche Mustangs 26
Souris Spartans 25
Souris opened the game on an 11-0 run and took a 13-8 advantage into halftime.
But Miscouche picked away at the deficit, and Keirstyn Hamlin’s basket with three minutes to go gave the Mustangs their first lead. Hoops by Kelsey MacKinnon and Haley Brennan increased Miscouche’s lead to 22-15, but Souris refused to quit.
Sarah MacDonald’s hoop with just over a minute to go brought the Spartans to within a hoop. Hannah MacDonald sank one foul shot with 23.9 seconds remaining, and a quick steal led to MacDonald’s game-tying basket with 16 seconds left.
With overtime looming, MacKinnon was fouled and sank one of the free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining to put Miscouche back in front. A last-second shot by Souris fell away.
MacKinnon finished with 14 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Mustangs. MacDonald had 10 points and Katherine McIntosh added five to lead Souris.
Stonepark Tigers 40
Summerside Intermediate School Owls 24
The Tigers used a strong defence and noticeable size advantage to wear down the Owls.
Stonepark built a 16-9 lead at the break, and stretched it to 26-14 after three quarters.
Haillie Currie led the Tigers with eight points and seven rebounds while Chloe Paquet had eight points and Alisha Bergin added seven.
Grace Fisher’s 10-point effort led the Owls. Abby Malayny chipped in with five.
Morell Marlins 42
Englewood Bulldogs 49
The first boys’ semifinal did not lack any tension either.
When all was said and done, Morell pulled out a 52-49 decision over Englewood.
The Marlins took a 20-18 advantage into the half, but came on strong in the third quarter to open up a 35-25 lead in the third quarter, but things quickly tightened up.
Isaac Cheverie scored 12 straight points for Englewood as the lead was cut to 41-34 with 4:03 to play.
Morell led 50-46 with 1:06 left, but a three-pointer by Cheverie made it a one-point game with 18.6 seconds to play.
With 8.4 seconds left on the clock, Adam MacDonald hit two foul shots to close out the scoring and put the Marlins up by three points.
Sam Stewart (12) and MacDonald (8) were the top scorers for Morell, which received six points and 12 rebounds from Trent MacSwain.
Cheverie finished with a game-high 37 points for Englewood.
Souris Spartans 68
Kensington Torchmen 55
The final game of the day featured the Spartans and Torchmen engaging in a run-and-gun game in which Souris built a 39-21 advantage at halftime.
The Torchmen, led by Bailey Clark’s hot shooting and Noah Rogerson, closed to within 55-52 with 3:50 to play. However, Spartans point guard Josh MacIntosh returned to score eight straight points, including two three-pointers, after having to sit down with four fouls.
MacIntosh finished with a game-high 28 points, and the Spartans received 12 points and 19 rebounds from Ryan Acorn. Randy Antle (10), Luke Chaisson (8) and Riley Flynn (8) were the other top scorers for Souris.
Rogerson (25) and Clark (22) keyed Kensington’s offence.
Following is Saturday’s schedule:
10 a.m. – girls’ bronze: Summerside Intermediate vs. Souris.
11:45 a.m. – boys’ bronze: Englewood vs. Kensington.
1:30 p.m. – girls’ gold: Miscouche vs. Stonepark.
3:30 p.m. – boys’ gold: Souris vs. Morell.
Note: All games at Souris Regional High School.