Trojans win Blackball Tournament

Sunday, February 06, 2011   by: Chris Dawson

The West Ferris Senior Trojans captured their 1st Blackball basketball championship over the weekend. The 67th annual Orillia Blackball is the OLDEST basketball championship hosted in all of Ontario. The Senior Trojans captured four games on route to their second tournament championship of the year.

The Trojans beat Patrick Fogarty from Orillia 70-43 in their 1st game. Charlie Hancock led the way with 24 points. Jake Tougas and Sam Levac scored 16 each. The Trojans were sharp from beyond the arc hitting 16 three point baskets.

In game two the Trojans jumped all over Lockerby from Sudbury and cruised to 74-38 victory. Once again the Trojans were sharp from outside hitting 11 three pointers. Spencer Brear and Hancock had 21 points each for the Trojans. Levac had 13 points but suffered an ankle injury that knocked him out of the tournament.

In the semi-finals the Trojans met up with Nantyr Shores from Barrie who went to AAAA OFSAA last year. The Trojans started off great and built a 28-24 half time lead. Nantyr came flying and led by 6 in the 4th quarter only to see the Trojans tie the score at 48 with less than 2 minutes to go. Nantyr scored with 45 seconds to take a 50-48 lead. The Trojans advanced the ball and called a timeout to design a play. Nantyr came out strong defensively and the Trojans ran a play to Hancock who hit a corner three with 11 seconds to play to give the Trojans a 51-50 lead. Nantyr then went up court but were forced into a turnover and the Trojans secured a spot in the finals. Hancock was a one-man wrecking crew hitting for 26 which included the game winning shot. Brady Facette made his return and chipped in with 9 points all from beyond the arc.

The finals saw two familiar foes hook up once again. On the other side Timmins reached the finals defeating Central from Barrie 47-43. The Trojans were out to avenge two previous loses to Timmins in previous tournaments including the Trojan Shootout in January but would have to play without league all star Sam Levac. The Trojans started well leading 17-16 at the quarter and 37-30 at the half. Strong perimeter shooting highlighted the 1st half with the Trojans hitting 10 three pointers. Timmins came out strong hitting from outside and took a 45-44 lead after 3 quarters. Defence was the key in the 4th quarter as the Trojans held Timmins to 5 points and cruised to 58-50 victory. Charlie Hancock led the way with 29 points and was selected tournament MVP. Hancock also finished the tournament scoring a tournament high 100 points in 4 games. Jake Tougas scored 11, Spencer Brear 10 and Joey Puddister 8 rounded out the scoring for the Trojans.

Tournament chair Sarah Hagman presented the Captains of the Trojans with the blackball trophy and made it clear that this tournament is the oldest running one in the province. The Trojans now meet Odyssee in the 1st round of the playoffs beginning on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. West Ferris now sport an overall record of 35-7 and will host the OFSAA AA Boys Championships in March.

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