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The Oakwood Barons Are Golden After 40-38 Win Over Father Henry Carr

March 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Provincial and Territorial News

MISSISSAUGA – An exciting final day of competition at the 2014 AAAA OFSAA basketball championships was capped off by a thrilling Oakwood victory in the gold medal game versus Father Henry Carr. It is the second gold medal for Oakwood in five years, with this gold resembling the previous one in that it was also decided by the fine play of a member of the Clarke family. In 2010, current Santa Clara guard Julian Clarke scored 20 points in Oakwood’s 47-34 victory over Hamilton’s St. Thomas More. Last night it was Julian’s younger brother Brody with his strong second half play that included seven rebounds and two blocked shots. 

In front of a capacity crowd at Humber College, the gold medal game was virtually even from start to finish, eventually coming down to the final minute. After Henry Carr’s Brendon Chevannes Euro step layup decreased Oakwood’s lead to 39-38 with 54 seconds left on the clock, Henry Carr were forced to foul in hopes of regaining possession. Calvin Epistola sunk one of two foul shots, extending Oakwood’s lead to 40-38. Henry Carr’s final push came when they inbounded the ball in their own end with six seconds left. After two quick passes, Henry Carr’s Markus Bonnick was in position to tie the game. His shot however was wide of the target, and Oakwood’s celebrations could begin, while Father Henry Carr would have to settle for another silver.

Earlier in the evening, in what was billed as being the ‘battle of Brampton’, Notre Dame met St. Marguerite D’Youville in the bronze medal game. It was the first time that two Peel region teams made it to the final four of AAAA OFSAA since hosts St. Augustine (Brampton) and Westwood (Malton) did so in 1995. Notre Dame’s first half 26-15 lead all but evaporated after a 20-3 third quarter run by D’Youville. However, Notre Dame regrouped in the fourth quarter and kept pace with the ROPSSAA champions. When D’Youville guard Christien Gould missed a foul shot with 12.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Notre Dame regained possession of the ball trailing 51-50. After calling their final timeout, Notre Dame set up their final possession perfectly with guard Michael Asemota lining up a shot with time expiring. As the final buzzer sounded, the shot went in and Notre Dame had made ROPSSAA history, capturing the first medal ever in the nearly 20 year history of the association.

In the consolation final, also played at Humber College, St. Mary’s player Nolan Narain scored 22 points in a losing effort as Sir Allan MacNab took the consolation final 65-53.

This concludes the 2014 AAAA OFSAA championships. Thank you to everyone who joined us during these three days. Thanks also to Humber College, the committee members, and the many volunteers that made this year’s OFSAA one of the best ever. For a complete rundown of tournament scores, along with all other essential information, including team rosters, please go to http://www.ofsaa.on.ca/boys-aaaa-basketball.

For further information please contact the championship convener or the media liaison listed below.

Contact: 

Jason Cormier
Convener
St. Francis Xavier SS
905-507-6666 (T)
jason.cormier@dpcdsb.org

Ken Dvorsky
Media Chair
St. Augustine SS
905-450-9993 (T)
kenneth.dvorsky@dpcdsb.org

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