Bobcats win senior A gold
CHARLOTTETOWN – It featured everything a championship game should.
The Kensington Torchmen edged Francois Buote 78-73 in a double-overtime thriller to decide a P.E.I. School Athletic Association basketball title. It was one of four senior A medal games played on Thursday.
The Bluefield Bobcats posted a 53-24 win over the Three Oaks Team Two Axewomen in the girls’ gold-medal game.
The Kinkora Blazers took home a bronze-medal after a thrilling 31-30 win over the Colonel Gray Team Two Colonels in the girls’ third-place game.
The Charlottetown Rural Team Two Raiders topped the Montague Vikings 59-47 to win the boys’ bronze medal.
Torchmen 78 Francois Buote 73
The teams were tied 36-36 at halftime, 55-55 at the end of regulation time and 65-65 after the first overtime period.
Foul trouble played a big role in the game as key players Jordan Montgomery of Kensington and Francois Buote’s Malcom Gilman both fouled out. Montgomery had 20 points and 22 boards while Gilman recorded 13 points and seven boards.
Bailey Clark (Kensington) and Joseph Cheverie (Francois Buote) took over and matched each other shot for shot in the first overtime.
Ben Christopher hit a key three-pointer to give the Torchmen a 73-69 lead in the second extra period.
Francois Buote closed to within two points with 1:10 to go, but Clark would hit free throws with 33.5 and 18.9 seconds left to make it 78-73.
Clark, who was selected the most valuable player of the provincial championship tournament, finished with a game-high 33 points while Thomas Haslam contributed 12 for the Torchmen. Cheverie had a 29-point effort for Francois Buote.
Bobcats 53 Axewomen 24
The Bobcats outscored the Axewomen 16-4 in the third quarter. Bluefield trailed 13-12 after the first quarter, but led 17-16 at the half.
Haley Cole and Taylor Harvey each scored eight points for the Bobcats while Madyson Doucette, Grace Coles and Stephanie Veitch all added seven. Coles, who was named the most valuable player of the provincial championship tournament, also chipped in with seven boards.
Sheelana Cole had 11 boards and five points to lead Three Oaks.
Blazers 31 Colonels 30
Alexis Mulligan scored what proved to be the game-winning basket with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter. It gave the Blazes a 31-29 lead, and set the stage for a nail-biting finish.
Gray hit a foul shot with 28.9 seconds to play, and then missed two close-in shots and a steal by Kinkora’s Jillian Lawless with three seconds left sealed the win.
Mulligan (13) and Lawless (8) were Kinkora’s top point-getters, and Rebecca Green chipped in with seven assists.
Adrienne Wright and Lise Charles led Gray with seven points each.
Raiders 59 Vikings 47
Isaac Judson’s 14 points and eight boards paced the Raiders, who led 23-17 at halftime.
Dyllin Bernard, who had 16 points and seven rebounds, led Montague.
PEISAA senior A basketball all-stars:
Jillian Lawless, Kinkora.
Edna Nino-Esparaza, Colonel Gray Team Two.
Sheelana Cole, Three Oaks Team Two.
Madyson Doucette, Bluefield.
Haley Cole, Bluefield.
Kyle Parlee, Montague.
Donovan Ching, Charlottetown Rural Team Two.
Jordon Montgomery, Kensington.
Malcom Gilman, Francois Buote.
Joseph Cheverie, Francois Buote.