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 High school hoops back on court 


   East Elgin splits a visit to Dorchester in first action since before Christmas

   with the Eagles winning the senior game, 54-37



  February 15, 2022


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By Rob. J. Ross 

DORCHESTER, Ont. - In the return of high school basketball, both the East Elgin Eagles and host Dorchester Beavers were simply happy to be playing.

Dustin Farrow poured in a game high 31 points, as the Eagles defeated the Beavers, 54-37, in Thames Valley Regional Association senior action, at Lord Dorchester secondary school.

"Overall we played well," Farrow said. "It felt a little bit rusty because we haven't been on for awhile. It took us a while to get in to it. Shots went in close to the end. We started moving the ball better too."

Will English led the Beavers with 24 points.

Dorchester and East Elgin are two of eight teams in the SouthEast division, that also includes Central Elgin.

Parkside plays in the Central division, while St. Joe's is in the District League.

Both WOSSAA and OFSAA have cancelled tournaments, leaving the season to end with the TVRA playoffs. With that in mind, teams are focusing on player development.

"We want to improve for next year, overall and players' fundamentals," said Farrow, a Grade 11 student. "We want to be known as a quick team. We want to get down the court quick and make sure we're back on defence quick. We're definitely still working on that. We want to be known as outside shooters, drive and kick, that's one of our main things."

Dorchester coach Curt Pollard said his players were eager to return to the hard wood.

"They were asking all week last week whether they could get back in the gym. They're super excited to get back playing," Pollard said "At this point, the goal is development of skill and everyone doing an activity they enjoy. We'll have even play for our junior squad because it's become about development."

In junior action, Jaiden Sebinigana scored 16 points in 12 minutes to lead the Beavers past the Eagles, 64-44. Tyson Currah and Chris Hardeman, both had 10 points for Dorchester.

Kurtis Frisen had a game high 20 points for the Eagles.