In one of the more anticipated matchups this season, the Father Henry Carr Crusaders didn’t disappoint in their game of the week debut this season against the Lincoln Prep Huskies.
It was the Huskies, though, that dominated play in the early going with a number of transition buckets off turnovers.
By the end of the first quarter Lincoln Prep had built up a 25-13 lead, and managed to push that lead all the way up to 17 points before FHC began to slowly chip away, and made it 46-40 by halftime in favour of the Huskies.
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The comeback in the second, led by Mychael Paolo and Shae Brown for the Crusaders, would be a sign of things to come in the second half for Lincoln Prep.
FHC came flying out of the gate in the third quarter, mimicking the lockdown defence Lincoln Prep had just put on FHC in the first half, and created a number of easy buckets.
None were more exciting than when super sub Jalen Menzies managed to force a turnover on Josh Noton, and converted a deep three from the wing on the ensuing play, sending the hometown crowd into a frenzy.
To make maters worse for the visitors, the Huskies went ice cold from the field and allowed FHC to gain a 76-63 lead going into the fourth, a lead they would not relinquish.
Father Henry Carr would go on to take a 99-80 win, and complete a 37-point swing that their opponents from Hamilton will not soon forget.
Shae Brown made a successful debut into the OSBA after dealing with injuries in the first month, and tallied 22 on the night for the win.
Teammate Mychael Paolo also finished with 20 of his own.
Tafari Simms continued his solid start to the season, leading his team with 17 points, while teammates Welsford Cullen, Josh Noton, and Kevin Kangu all managed to drop 12 points towards the cause for the Huskies.
Other scores from Week 5:
Thornlea def. Vaughn S.S. 98-83
Bill Crothers def. Southwest Academy 102-95
Thornlea def. Southwest Academy 107-95
TRC Academy def. King’s Christian Collegiate 88-52
Orangeville Prep def. Ridley College 90-61
A.I. Prep def. Vaughn S.S. 120-78
Other notes around the league:
TRC Academy announced they will be participating in the second annual SYTS Showcase in New York City in January.
Thornlea managed to finish first in their invitational tournament over the weekend, defeating King’s Christian Collegiate, 108-76, in the final. Jordan Henry was named tournament MVP, while Grant Audu managed a 33 point performance during the weekend.
Bill Crothers’ senior team (non-prep) captured the Campion Showdown title in Brampton over the weekend at St. Edmund Campion. Daniel Thompson grabbed an All Star nod, while Jerome Brown took home tournament MVP honours.
Guelph Prep secured their first OSBA victory of the season over on the girl’s side, with a 68-62 win over Southwest Academy at a sellout gym in London on Friday.
In case you missed it, I had a chance to sit down and speak with Athlete Institute’s Oshae Brissett. You can listen to the full interview below.
Highlight Of The Week
Ignas Brazdiekas takes flight on the fast break for the ridiculous windmill jam!