PERTH — The depth of the West Ferris Trojans senior boys basketball team was evident at the ninth annual Perth tournament on the weekend.
Ian Donaghey, an all-star in the Nipissing District Association league, will be out until February with a leg injury, but the Trojans did not miss a beat.
Doyle Anthony stepped in and was named the tournament’s most valuable player with a stellar performance as the Trojans won the title.
Eight teams competed, including five from last year’s Ontario federation of School Athletic Associations championships.
Anthony and John Gore had 14 points each as the Trojans opened with a 48-39 win over Belleville Moira. Gore as named player of the game.
In their next start, the Trojans fell behind, rallied to pull ahead and held Cornwall AAA Raiders scoreless for the last three minutes of the game in a 47-44 win.
Kevin Yank had 17 points and Anthony collected 134.
Yank was player of the game and Justin Isenegger played a strong defensive game and contributed seven points.
Anthony hit for 23 points as the Trojans defeated Smith Falls 53-39 in their final start of the round robin.
Gore followed with 10 and Matt loose and Riley Armstrong had seven each as nine Trojans picked up points.
Steve Hong, Dennis Kariuki, Adam Despres and Neil Isenegger played well defensively for the Trojans. Dustin Anthony, who plays with the junior Trojans, had his first three-point basket as a senior.
In the championship game, the Trojans were up against Central Elgin from St. Thomas and won 55-47.
Once again they trailed early. However, they completely shut down Central Elgin in the second quarter, outscoring them 16-0 to take a 33-21 half time lead. Central Elgin pulled to within three with less than a minute to play, but the Trojans hit their foul shots to win the tournament and the gold medals,
Anthony, named player of the game, scored 25 and Gore added 14 for the Trojans.
Gore was selected to the all-star team.
Next week the Trojans and Widdifield Wildcats host one of the best tournaments in Northern Ontario as 32 junior and senior teams are entered in the eighth annual Play It Again Sports/Wildcats Cup Classic senior event and the 19th annual Best Western Great Northern Shootout junior competition.
Teams such as OFSAA bronze medalists Hillcrest from Thunder Bay will be attending. Other strong teams include Nicholson, Belleville; Bawating, Sault Ste. Marie; Perth, OFSAA competitor in 2003; Banting from Alliston, tournament champions two years ago and Orillia District.
Perth is the host of the 2004 OFSAA boys’ senior basketball championships in March.
PHOTO: Doyle Anthony of the Trojans, going up for a basket in an NDA senior boys basketball game in December, was named the most valuable player at the Perth invitational on the weekend.