Weather plays havoc with junior hoops schedule but doesn't slow host Beavers
Sunday, January 20, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER - The Dorchester Beavers went 4-0 but weren't the champions at a junior boys basketball tournament they hosted Friday and Saturday.
Thanks Old Man Winter.
Dorchester defeated Stratford Northwestern, Parkhill North Middlesex, and College Avenue and St. Mary's, from Woodstock.
Owen Pink scored 60 points over the four wins, while Charlie Quance had 50 points and Andrew Muir, 36.
The Beavers dumped in 20 three-pointers, with Pink firing nine from downtown.
Originally a 12 team tournament scheduled for Friday and Saturday, a few teams were unable to return for day two or later on day two, due to the weather, including Chatham Ursuline.
Ensuring all teams present played three games, Dorchester filled in for the absent teams, including back to back games. Petrolia Lambton Central was the official tournament champion.
"LDSS's top five consistently dictated a high pace of play and the rest contributing effectively," Beavers' coach Curt Pollard said. "Quance getting to the net and finishing tough shots, six foot three guard Muir blocking shots and dishing assists and Johnny Ledgley's tenacious defence."
The games will prepare all teams for their upcoming playoffs.
Dorchester finished fourth (5-5) in the Thames Valley Regional Athletics East Division and will host Glencoe (0-9 in the South Division) in a 1A semifinal, February 5th. The winner faces either the Central Elgin Titans (7-0 in the South) or Woodstock C.I. (4-6 in the East), on February 12th.
Pollard hopes to continue their consistent play from the tournament into the post season.
"We beat (East) division leaders CASS (7-3 in the East) three times, but also lost to a couple teams below us in the standings," Pollard said.
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In junior AA, the Parkside Stampeders (6-3) will host Tillsonburg Glendale (7-3), while East Elgin (3-4) will travel to College Avenue (7-3).
At the senior level, Dorchester (3-7) will head to Central Elgin (8-2), while Glencoe (2-8) goes to WCI (6-4), for the 1A semifinals.
For AA, East Elgin (9-1) host Woodstock Huron Park (7-3, while Parkside will be at College Avenue (10-0).