Titans advance to South-East final

 Titans on to South-East hoops' final


   Tunstill turns it on in the third quarter as Central Elgin pulls away on route to

   a 50-41 win over Glendale in the TVRA AA South-East senior boys' semifinal


  Tuesday, February 18, 2019


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By Rob J. Ross

ST. THOMAS - The Central Elgin Titans are one game from completing a sweep of the regular season and playoffs in the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) South-East Division.

Jack Tunstill dumped in 18 points and Deven Carvery had 10, helping the Titans slay the Tillsonburg Glendale Gemini, 50-41, in a TVRA AA South-East senior boys' semifinal, at CECI.

"It's usually our shooting and ball movement. We didn't really rely on shooting this game but ball movement helped," said Jack Tunstill, who scored a game high 18 points. "It was setting up a new offence against them (Gemini), using that to our advantage and running plays off of that and scoring."

The Titans went 9-0 during the regular season including edging Glendale, 43-42, just two weeks ago.

"It was a tight game last time, but I thought we were more controlled this time," Rice said. "It always looked like it was five or six (point lead), but to me it felt like it was 12 or 14. We pushed it a little bit. If we had hit some more open shots early, it would have been a bigger difference. We played really well defensively early."

The Titans never trailed after jumping out to a 9-0 lead to open the game.

Central Elgin led 22-20 at half and although Glendale did tie the game briefly at 22, the Titans went on a 10-0 run in the third quarter, helping build a 37-25 lead.

"It was our hustle, running the floor and nice ball movement," said Tunstill, who dropped in nine points in the third quarter.

"Jack kind of took over there. He just decided he was going to get the ball to the hoop and that helped us out when we weren't shooting very well," said Rice.

"It really shines towards the kids' instincts when they really want to move the ball, they go to the hoop, which I preach and preach. We moved the ball well and everybody was passing."

Coming into the year, the Titans felt they could challenge for top spot in the South-East. Last season, several of the players were part of the Titans' junior team that won Western Ontario (WOSSAA) 1-A gold.

"We knew coming from last year, we had high standards for ourselves," Tunstill said.

"It (season) has been a tale of many tales. We haven't found our identity yet in terms of what we can do to score consistently,' Rice said.

That may come when the Titans face the Woodstock College Avenue Knights, in the South-East AA final Thursday, 3 p.m. at CECI.

The winner advances to WOSSAA, February 26th, at South Collegiate, in London.

College Avenue edged the East Elgin Eagles, 46-42, in the other senior South-East semifinal.

"We'll have to play well and we'll have to do things well," said Rice, of the final.


Around the South-East:

The Dorchester Beavers will host the Glencoe Gaels in the South-East 1-A senior boys' final, 3 p.m at Lord Dorchester Secondary School. In the semifinals, Dorchester dusted West Elgin, while Glencoe defeated the Voaden Vikings.

In junior AA action, Woodstock C.I. eliminated Central Elgin, 57-43, while College Avenue dunked Ingersoll, 64-44.




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