Brandon Bogart sinks free throws in final minute as St. Joe's defeats College Avenue
56-48, in the WOSSAA AA junior boys' basketball gold medal game
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
LONDON, ON. - A tale of two halves.
Over the first half the St. Joseph's Rams built a commanding 26-10 lead, thanks to intense defence that also helped them win the District championship five days earlier.
During the second half, the Woodstock College Avenue Knights appeared as the team that went undefeated through the TVRA South-East Division.
This set up the last 120 seconds worthy of any Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association(WOSSAA) AA junior boys' basketball final.
The Knights climbed out the deficit with their three point shooting, closing the gap to 51-48.
Thanks to some clutch free throws from Brandon Bogart in the final minute, the Rams held off Knights, 56-48, to capture the WOSSAA title, at South Collegiate.
"I will remember this for the rest of my life. This is amazing," said Bogart, who had a game high 24 points, 16 coming during the second half. "We played great team ball, moved the ball well, got good shots and played good D."
St. Joe's jumped out to a 11-5 first quarter lead and more than doubled their lead by the break.
Even with a double digit lead the Rams knew the Knights weren't in the dark.
"We got off to a really good start. Obviously it was our defence that we were really pushing. CASS is a tough team but the boys really locked down on defence," Rams coach Steve Bogart said. "We knew in the second half, they would come out on fire. We knew they had some really good outside shooting, but they just didn't hit in the first half."
The Rams maintained 45-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
"Their shooters kept shooting which we tell our shooters to do the same and they started knocking down," coach Bogart said. "Basketball is a game of runs and they made their push. It came down to protecting the ball and playing our type of basketball."
College Avenue had a 21-2 run in the fourth quarter, cutting the Rams' lead to four points at 51-47. The Knights drained seven three-pointers in the second half.
"We did change our defence from a two-three defence and went man to man," added coach Bogart. "I can't say enough about our players how they closed out that game."
The Rams did lose Wes McLennan who fouled out with 1:50 remaining in the game. But holding the advantage in the final minute forced the Knights to foul.
Brandon Bogart made the Knights pay sinking five of six free throws.
"They went on a run and we got our heads out of the game," Brandon said. "But we had a good push back. I knew we had it."
Tyson Dryfhout had nine points for the Rams, while Joel Bowden and Dayshaun Maitland, each chipped in with five points.
Gall had 22 points for College Avenue.
St. Joe's dropped Wingham Madill in the semifinals,
64-56, while College Avenue defeated the host
Madill won WOSSAA bronze defeating South.
The Rams went 8-2 through the District regular season and then dropped Woodstock St. Mary's, in the quarterfinals, upended the 10-0 Mother Teresa Spartans, 66-59, in the semifinal, before edging London John Paul II, 63-61, in the District final.
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