Trailing at half-time St. Thomas pulls it together over the second half
for a 49-45 win against Belleville in the Ontario Cup division four final
April 11, 2022
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Shock are provincial champions.
St. Thomas went undefeated capturing the U12 boys' gold medal for Division four of the Ontario Basketball Association Ontario Cup, at Fonthill, April 10.
Trailing at half-time, the Shock made adjustments in the second half, for a 49-45 win over Belleville, in the gold medal game.
"I couldn't have been happier as a coach. The boys really did everything that they were asked to do," Shock coach Casey Herbert said. "To grit it out, they way they did was really impressive. The elation of the boys after was neat to watch."
Connor Schaap led the Shock with eight points. Mason Cowie chipped in with six points and finished the tournament averaging 12.74 points per game.
"We came out really well, but then we got behind and were a little bit unorganized. We were turning the ball over. We were down four points at half-time, Herbert said. "We talked at half about doing the things we needed to do. We got to the seventh shift (second half) and made a little adjustment and started to pressure the ball a bit. We forced some turnovers. The last group came on and executed really well and closed the game out. I challenged a couple boys to step up the defence and they reacted."
St. Thomas finishes the season ranked number 25 in the province out of 80 teams from the 10 divisions within the OBA.
"First and foremost they were a great bunch of kids that have given a hundred per cent effort all of the time," Herbert said. "They've always shown up and never gave any attitude. They were ready to play all of the time."
The Shock opened the tournament, edging the Guelph Knights, 42-39, with Cowie dropping in 11 points.
"We probably had our worst game of the year Friday (against Guelph), said Herbert. "But we were able to gut it out and made some clutch free throws down the stretch. I think we were nervous. Saturday, we were more relaxed. We executed well and reacted well to some time outs."
Cowie poured in 20 points, as St. Thomas dumped the Mississauga Monarchs, 59-47, and had 14 points in the Shock's 59-47 quieting of the Stratford Revolution.
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