CWOSSA berths for hoops teams

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By Josh Howald

There may have been no championships for the Kincardine District Secondary School boys basketball teams, but there are CWOSSA berths.

Both the junior and senior KDSS teams will be in Kitchener this week for the CWOSSA A basketball championship tournament, hosted by Rockway Collegiate.

The KDSS senior boys advanced to last Tuesday's Final Four tournament in Owen Sound with a two-point upset win over Walkerton District Community School in a quarter-final game the previous week. The Knights, who finished fourth in the BAA South in the regular season, drew the St. Mary's High School Mustangs in a semi-final game at St. Mary's. SMHS finished the regular season on top of the BAA North with a perfect 7-0 record. But that mattered little to the Knights, who advanced to the league final with a 60-51 win over the Mustangs.

Sacred Heart High School edged out Georgian Bay Secondary School by three points in the other semi-final game.

"We battled hard. We got down early, but managed to climb within seven points in the third quarter," said head coach Vince Yenssen. "(Point guard) Ben (Christie) got injured in the second quarter and didn't return. Everyone played well in his stead, but without one of our best players for a long stretch, we were in tough."

Timely scoring led to a 61-40 win for the Crusaders, who will play in the AA CWOSSA tournament this week in Cambridge. The Knights, meanwhile, qualify for the A CWOSSA tournament with no qualifying game.

The KDSS junior boys, meanwhile, fully expected to be at last Tuesday's Final Four tournament in Owen Sound. While they too ended up with a berth at this week's CWOSSA tournament, a run at an undefeated season came to a crashing halt in the BAA championship game.

Things started well enough for the junior Knights. KDSS jumped out to an 11-0 lead on the Owen Sound District Wolves.

"They just ran out of gas," said Yenssen of the KDSS juniors, who beat SMHS 49-42 in a semi-final game earlier in the day.

Owen Sound came back from that early deficit in a big way, and ended up handing KDSS its biggest defeat of the season - a 56-31 decision.

The win marked the first ever BAA championship for the new Owen Sound school. The Wolves had hammered Saugeen District Secondary School by more than 35 points earlier in the day.

Schedules for this week's CWOSSA tournaments had not been finalized as of Monday afternoon. Watch www.independent.on.ca for more information later in the week.

For more high school sports news, including updates from the CWOSSA swim championships, KDSS girls hockey playoffs and the curling postseason, see this week’s print edition of The Kincardine Independent.