First of all, Andrew Robichaud, Vick Polatian and I would like to thank Centennial College, the Centennial College Student Association and the journalism faculty for giving us the opportunity to come to Oshawa to cover this exciting tournament.
Day two of the 2010 AAAA OFSAA Boys Basketball Championship, being held in Oshawa, started with an upset as Toronto’s Oakwood C.I. Barons, the team that lost twice to cross-town rival Eastern Commerce in the cities and regional championships, beat number one seed Pickering Trojans 52-44.
It was a thrilling game with Oakwood up at half-time 27-24. This has been a very disappointing tournament for Pickering since they lost both tournament games. Oakwood continued their tournament tonight against the J. Clarke Richardson Storm.
The current tournament favourites, Eastern Commerce Saints, continued with a dominating performance against the St. Anne Saints, winning 67-40.
The game was a comedy of errors, with the refs missing a few calls and handing out a few phantom infractions, including and a strange three-four diving turnover-possession change.
St. Anne never had a chance against Commerce as Commerce’s defence and up-tempo play was more than St. Anne can handle. Commerce continues their tournament tonight against the Vaughan Secondary School Voyageurs.
Oakwood continued to dominate, with a thrilling 75-72 overtime victory over highly-ranked J. Clarke Richardson. After being down by two in the dying seconds, Oakwood hit the tying two points to send it to OT, where a key three-point play sealed the victory.
The St. Michael’s College Blue Raiders have been ousted after their 81-72 loss to Blessed Mother Teresa Titans. They started the tournament with a loss Monday to the H.B. Beal Raiders. They redeemed themselves Tuesday morning with a thrilling 46-45 victory over the St. Marguerite D’Youville Panthers before tonight’s loss. They are now eliminated.
That’s it for day two blog. Stay tuned Thursday on the blog of the championship game!