Sackville’s mini Titan boys celebrate their recent gold-medal finish at the mini invitational basketball tournament, hosted at the Mount Allison gym.
Leading up to the season-ending mini invitational basketball tournament at the Mount A gym, the Titan boys decided they were not going to lose another game this season. True to their word, they swept this weekend's tournament, playing some of the best basketball this season.
Sackville opened against a very physical Moncton Hawks. It was a seesaw battle with the Hawks up at the half 21-19. With steely determination Carlos Ponton-Arndt ripped up the second half, scoring 15 points to lead the team to a 46-40 win.
Joseph Findlay had 13 while Nathan Boudreau added eight. Oliver Priemer and Andrew Hess had four each and Samuel Hill and Seamus Lyon chipped in with a point each.
In their second game they squared off with KV. It was a very clean game with KV leading at the half 29-23. Nathan Boudreau dominated the boards and put-backs with 12 points. Again it was Ponton-Arndt, with ice water in his veins, who drove the basket for a great lay-up to give the Titans a 59-57 win. Findlay had 12 points, Ponton Arndt 20, Lyon with eight, Hess six and Hill with the deuce.
On Sunday, the last day of the season, the Titans met Pictou in the crossovers.
From the opening tip-off the boys showed their great team play and determination to get to the finals. Sackville was up 36-18 at the half and earned their trip to the finals with a 72-28 victory. Ponton-Arndt had 13 points while Lyon added 12 with some great drives to the basket. Findlay had 11. Erich Zerb had 10, including his first dunk of the season, much to the delight of fans. Samuel Hill had an awesome game defensively and saved his offence for the last shift nailing down eight, Boudreau with six and Hess, Priemer and Dawson Carter with four.
The gold medal game saw the Titans again square off with KV. The boys were focused from the start and presented a breathtaking display of teamwork with excellent passing and smothering defence and an ultimate effort to capture a 62-48 win. In each game on Sunday every Titan player hit the scoreboard. The dynamic duo of Ponton-Arndt and Findlay led the way against KV with 13 and 12 respectively. The other line was led by the post and guard of Zerb and Lyon with 10 and eight points. The future of the mini boys showed they were ready to lead the team next year with Oliver Priemer and Dawson Carter hitting six each and forcing turnovers with great defence. Boudreau had three and Hill and Hess added two each. KV put on a display of outside shooting but Lyon and Carter answered back with some great outside shooting of their own while Zerb again unleashed a couple of monster dunks.
The Titan boys capped off a great season with a record of 27-9 and three tournament gold medals and one bronze.