Wolverines making coach’s prediction come true

Stephen Brun
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Westisle defeats KISH in final of Three Oaks tournament

SUMMERSIDE – It didn’t take long for Westisle Wolverines coach Walter Davidson’s prediction to come true.

Kenan Wilkie, left, of the Westisle Wolverines takes a jumper over Ben McCarvill, 4 of the Kensington Torchmen during the championship game of the senior men’s AA basketball tournament held last weekend at Three Oaks Senior High. Westisle won the game 66-53.

The Westisle boys defeated the Kensington Intermediate-Senior High Torchmen 66-53 in the final of a senior AA basketball tournament at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside last weekend.

The Wolverines sent a young team to the court this year, including five Grade 10s, two Grade 11s and five Grade 12s.

But Davidson predicted before the season began in December that the boys would be well known for their quality of play by year’s end.

“We’re a very young, inexperienced team, but we’re getting there,” said Davidson following Saturday’s win. “As it gets tight and the game’s still close, kids tighten up in the fourth quarter as it gets closer and closer.

“We weathered the storm and held on. We made some key passes to people in the open area, so it made their job easier about scoring. . . because there wasn’t the pressure.

“Guys are looking for the open player, and that’s what we’re learning and trying to develop.”

It was KISH, however, that took control of the game through the first two quarters, battling to a 28-27 lead by halftime.

Looked more comfortable

But the Westisle players looked more comfortable coming out of the break, and poured in 21 third-quarter points to the Torchmen’s 11 to lead 48-39 heading into the fourth and final frame.

“We had to make some adjustments and then we came back a little bit, but (Westisle) played very well,” said KISH head coach Alan Harrington, who added that the Torchmen are also a young squad this season with just two Grade 12 players. “It was a tough game.

“We came into this tournament hoping to take a game or so, and we just about took that one. It was a good back-and-forth game, and we had the lead for a bunch.”

The championship game tightened up defensively in the fourth, which worked to Westisle’s advantage.

KISH was only slightly outscoring the Wolverines 3-2 at the quarter’s midway point.

Westisle’s Parker Gallant, who had 10 points in the game, eventually managed to push the Wolverines’ lead back to double digits by getting to the free-throw line.

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The West Prince team continued to make key shots down the stretch, outscoring the Torchmen 18-14 in the final quarter to hang on for the win.

Connor Gavin had 13 points for Westisle and was named the player of the game while tournament all-star Cory Buchannan added 12.

Ben McCarvill led KISH with 14 points and was named the Torchmen’s player of the game. Jake Reynolds and Pat Clark each contributed six points.

“They (KISH) defended us really well. . . and I’m very impressed with how we responded,” said Davidson. “We struggled a bit early, but found our game.

“We’re down playing Kensington again this season, and there’s going to be a battle there.”

Westisle’s Kenan Wilkie was selected as the tournament MVP.

Awards

Tournament awards were:

Most Valuable Player

Kenan Wilkie, Westisle

All-Stars

Cory Buchanan, Westisle

Aiden Harrington, Kensington

Harmi Singh, Kensington

Andrew Rafuse, Three Oaks

Frank Beaton, Colonel Gray

sbrun@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: AA

Geographic location: Summerside, Kensington

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  • Days Later
    January 18, 2012 - 08:15

    KISH beat Westisle in season play on Monday. That's not bad considering how much smaller KISH's student population is....