KENSINGTON - The Stonepark Tigers secured an undefeated season on Saturday.
The Tigers, who led 29-7 at halftime and maintained a steady lead throughout the game, beat the Summerside Intermediate School Owls 60-34 in the gold-medal game of the P.E.I. School Athletic Association midget AA boys' basketball championship tournament at Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School.
"It's a testament to them (players)," said Stonepark coach Reagh Vidito. "They're a very easy team to coach.
"Regardless of all the other success, the ultimate goal was for these Grade 9s to win a championship. Some of them have been on the team since Grade 7. They lost the last two years, and they wanted to go out with a win."
Vidito credited the Tigers' success to a lot of dedication and hard work.
"We were well prepared," he said. "I told them not to change anything they have done throughout the year, and have faith in each other and they did."
Vidito said Stonepark is a defence-first team, and the players know how to work together.
"I have coached a lot of teams, and they are probably the best I have had in my 20-some years experience," he added.
Offensively, Grade 9 guard and tournament most valuable player Logan MacCallum poured in a game-high 20 points to lead the Tigers, who received 11 from Will Vidito and eight from Thomas Hogan. Ben MacDougall sank 20 points to key the Owls' attack while Cameron Wall had a 10-point effort.
Coach Vidito described MacCallum as the team's engine.
"We have faith he's the toughest guy in the league to guard," he went on to say. "Logan makes the teammates around him better.
"He's a special athlete, and usually defends the best player on the other team."
Owls coach Colton Wadman was proud of his team's performance.
"They played really well," acknowledged Wadman. "Stonepark is just heads and shoulders above everyone this year."
Wadman said the Owls have shown continuous improvement since the beginning of the year.
"It was a pretty good season, and all the guys hustle hard," he went on to say. "They're going to learn from how they played in the tournament.
"You can't expect to win every game. It's good when the kids have a challenge, because it helps them get better."