By Pat Payton
The St. Marys DCVI Junior boys basketball team earned its way into the wins column column last Wednesday, after splitting a pair of hard-fought Huron-Perth League home games.
In their game in the morning, a strong second-half effort sparked Jr. Salukis (1-2) to a 32-20 victory over F.E. Madill Mustangs from Wingham.
Mustangs led 8-6 after the first quarter, but St. Marys held a 15-13 advantage at the half-time break. It continued to be close early in the second half, before Salukis started to pull away. In the fourth quarter, the home team continued to attack the Wingham basket in waves and out-scored the visitors 9-0. The DCVI defence was also strong, holding Madill (0-3) to just seven points in the third quarter and none in the final eight minutes.
The Jr. Salukis, who have a lot of good young athletes on their roster, were paced by Caleb Thompson’s 10 points in this game. Sam Sedley and Alex Var, who nailed a three-point bucket, added seven points apiece. Carter McDougall chipped in four points and lots of hustle.
Other St. Marys players who played well were Mason Boonstra, Loghan Hodkinson and Nolan Shackleton.
Twenty for Caleb Thompson
In their game in the afternoon, the DCVI Junior boys dropped a 60-44 decision to Mitchell Blue Devils.
For Salukis, the damage was done in the first half as Blue Devils (3-1) built a 36-21 lead by the intermission break. The second half was much closer as Mitchell only out-scored St. Marys 24-23.
The Devils, who hit eight three-point baskets, were led by Bradley Boville’s 21 points. Caleb Thompson sparked DCVI with 20 points. Sam Sedley added nine, including a three-pointer, while Carter McDougall had five points.
DCVI coach Ian Moore said his Junior boys ran the “fast break” well last Wednesday.
“In both games, we started running the floor well, in terms of offence, and we were effective attacking the basket,” Moore said. “The team is also very coachable. They are listening to what we are saying and they’re trying to do it in the games. That makes a big difference.”
The Jr. Salukis had a couple of big road games in Stratford this week, playing St. Michael Warriors (3-0) on Monday and at Central against the first-place Rams (4-0) on Wednesday. The DCVI team doesn’t play at home again until the New Year.
Seniors still winless
The DCVI Senior boys (0-3), meanwhile, are still looking for their first H-P victory after dropping a pair of league games at home last Wednesday.
In their morning game, Salukis fell behind early to F.E. Madill (1-2) and dropped a 46-33 decision to the Mustangs. Madill led 28-16 at the half-time break, but only out-scored the home team 18-17 in the second half.
Guard Mitch Watt was high scorer for DCVI with 12 points. He hit two three-pointers. Adam Fulop added five, while Sam Watt and Ian Bolton both netted four points.
Twenty for Mitch Watt
In their afternoon game, the Sr. Salukis faced first-place Mitchell (4-0) and lost 59-45 to a tall and confident Blue Devils squad.
Devils led 30-17 at the halfway mark, and then started pulling away in the third quarter. DCVI scored 24 fourth-quarter points to make it respectable.
Mitch Watt again led the way for St. Marys with 20 points, including three three-point buckets. Adam Fulop added eight points, Kyle Gardner six and Jack Thorup five more.
Karsen Eisler had 17 points for Mitchell.
The Senior Salukis also had two road games in Stratford this week, playing undefeated St. Mikes (3-0) on Monday and at Central (1-2) on Wednesday.