Central Elgin takes the TVRA 1A final, dropping the Dorchester Beavers, 60-47,
but the senior Titans fall to WCI, 60-54
Thursday, February 14, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - A lot of it during practice has helped the Central Elgin Titans run to WOSSAA.
The Titans capped an undefeated season in the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) region, by winning the South-East 1A junior boys' basketball final, dumping the Dorchester Beavers, 60-47, on home court at Central Elgin CI.
"Defensively we made it extremely hard for them. I think we shut down two of their top guys and the results showed," Titans' coach Richie Ray said. "We did a lot of running in practice and we were prepared for their zone. Our full court press worked well against them. Our energy, hustle and effort, is what brought us to the TVRA South-East final."
Jordan McDougall and Jack Tunstill led the Titans with 17 and 16 points respectively, while Gavin Barnhouse and TJ Dilliard, both chipped in with eight points and Christian Vecchio had seven.
Dorchester's Owen Pink and Andrew Muir both scored a game high 18 points, accounting 77 percent of their team's offence.
The Titans host the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) junior tournament, February, 20th.
"We have to keep doing the same things as we have all season," said Ray. "Working hard and hustle and defence."
WCI edges Titans in senior final
Capitalizing on their height advantage and aggressive rebounding, the WCI Red Devils captured the TVRA South-East 1A senior boys' basketball title, edging the Central Elgin Titans, 60-54, in the final, at CECI.
"Their (Red Devils) aggressiveness on second chance points and their press caused us some turnovers here and there. We beat our selves with some untimely turnovers and some mental mistakes on the defensive end and they put the ball in the hoop," Titans' coach Johnny Rice said. "At the end of the day we gave up some second chance points that maybe we should not have. But I can't be more proud of this group. They showed a lot of heart and effort."
The Titans led 18-15 after one quarter. WCI grabbed a 26-25 lead heading into half-time, intercepting a Titan pass and taking the ball in for the go ahead bucket. Up 41-38 following three quarters, the Red Devils stretched their advantage to nine points, in part to a pair of mid court steals.
"We were really fortunate to get a couple turnovers and a couple easy baskets and that can really change a game like this," WCI coach Chris Coyle said. "It was difficult because this team Central Elgin is aggressive themselves and quick. The press did help us out enough at times, but sometimes Central Elgin shredded it and got a lay-up, but when we needed it the most it seemed we got a turnover out of it."
The Red Devils were a force on the boards.
"We had a little bit of a height advantage and we tried to use that quite a bit. It (rebounding) was a strength today," added Coyle. "They (Titans) were outstanding. They are a very good team. We did all we could do to win the game."
The Titans recognized WCI had the edge in size.
"Height was never our strong suit," said Rice, "but guys like Devon McCarthy, Isaiah McDougall and Jones, they really carried their weight and did exactly what I asked, work hard and box out."
MacDougall poured in a game high 29 points, while Devin Cavery had 13.
Brothers Adam and Callaghan Bullen led the Red Devils, with 21 and 20 points, respectively.