Titans pull away from the Beavers in the second half for a 47-33 win in a TVRA
South-East 1A senior boys' basketball semifinal
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - The Central Elgin Titans responded to a few words from their coach.
Trailing the Lord Dorchester Beavers, 15-14 at half, a third quarter surge carried the Titans to a 47-33 victory, in their Th ames Valley Regional Athletics South-East 1A senior boys' basketball semifinal, at Central Elgin C.I.
Central Elgin will host the South-East final, taking on the Woodstock C.I. Red Devils, for a berth at the WOSSAA tournament.
The Titans outscored their East Division visitors 22-14 in the third frame, hitting six of eight shots from the charity stripe, while Cole Verhulst awoke to deliver eight of his 12 points.
"Halftime I told the guys do you want this to be how we end our season? We missed a lot of easy shots in the first half. "Itold the guys it's time to take it to the hoop if the shots aren't falling. We were fortunate to have some good moves down low and get some free throws," Titans' coach Johnny Rice said. "We attacked the hoop in the second half, in the third quarter especially. The guys responded really well and that's what I'm really happy about."
Isaiah MacDougall led the Titans with a game high 13 points and Devin Cavery chipped in with eight points.
"The five guys that started stepped up all in all," said Rice. "Grant Ferguson brings a lot of energy and the same with Spencer. That's why they get in there (off the bench). It fires up the other guys."
Four three pointers kept the Beavers in the game in the third quarter when the Titans went on their best run of the game.
"We played defensively well. We missed some shots that we needed to shoot when the score was close to pull away," Dorchester coach Curt Pollard said. "It was a good game. We just missed shots that we needed to make. Two minutes of a let down defensively (third quarter) and the two teams were too even to come back."
Garrett Snyders had 11 points for the Beavers, while Jaxon Nolte added seven.
"We were sleeping on them in the first half then we realized we had to pick it up," said Verhulst. "We started moving the ball more and playing more as a unit."
The Titans also won in junior action, defeating Woodstock C.I., 53-37.
In AA, the East Elgin Eagles will meet Woodstock College Avenue in the senior South-East final.