Braun drains five consecutive in East Elgin's divisional quarter-final win
Thursday, February 8, 2018
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - Peter Braun picked a perfect time to have a game of the year.
The East Elgin Eagle dropped 25 points against the Central Elgin Titans, during a 57-39 win, to advance from the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) South-East AA senior boys basketball quarter-final, at Central Elgin Collegiate Institute.
Braun opened up in the second quarter, with 19 of his points, including a string of five consecutive three-pointers. By the time Braun was done raining threes on the Titans, the Eagles had taken a modest 12-9 first quarter lead and turned it into a commanding 15 point lead.
"Peter is a natural shooter," Eagles head coach Ken Farrow said. "All season he has not had a game like this game. We've been looking for him. In practices he has been shooting the lights out, but he came to play today. It was good to see."
The playoff win comes just three days after the Titans defeated the Eagles, 63-46, on this same court during regular season action. The Eagles made defensive adjustments coming in to this game and had the hotter hand offensively.
"We were hot and they (Titans) weren't," Farrow said. "They have capable shooters to shoot from the outside. Cole (Verhulst) is an unbelievable shooter, a lot of respect for the kid. He was a little bit cold today (held to two free throws), but saying that, we stepped up and played good defence on him too. We've been working on our defence all season. The transition that we put in play was fantastic.
"MVP of the game would be Peter. Second would be Rory (Buchanan) because he played awesome defence on their big man (Austin Colter)."
The second quarter was the difference in ending the Titans' season.
"One guy got hot. You don't see that too often, with one guy lighting it up like that," Titans coach Johnny Rice said. "It kind of deflated us a little. We made some adjustments and he only got three points in the second half, but we couldn't crawl out of that deficit.
"I thought we really played well in the second half. We played them even. Defensively we were ok. It seemed there was a lid on the basket for us. We even missed free throws. I think we missed eight in the first half."
Kaden Vansevenant had 14 points for the Eagles, while Andrew Martens chipped in with eight.
Austin Colter led the Titans with 13 points, nine from the charity stripe. Michael Barfrot had eight points.
The Eagles now head to Woodstock, to face the College Avenue Knights, the top team from the East Division, in the AA semi-finals, Tuesday, February 13th. Parkside will host the other senior semi-final, against Tillsonburg Glendale.
In 1A action on Tuesday, the Voaden Vikings host Lord Dorchester, while the West Elgin Wildcats visit Woodstock CI.
Both the AA and 1A finals, are on court, Thursday, February 15th, at a location to be determined.