SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Titan boys basketball team kicked off their season with a trip north for league play last week.
On the Nov. 17, they headed to Campbelton to face off with Sugarloaf. Despite first game jitters and only three days of team practice after the extended football season, the Titans quickly jelled on the court and came away with a 82-78 win. Cohen Patterson led the way with 25 points. Lucas Cormier had 19, Matt Kaye 18 and Seamus Lyon 16 in the win.
The next day they stopped at Bathurst to play the Phantoms in a noon tilt. The Titans controlled much of the game and had a 17-point lead in the second half but were unable to overcome some brutal officiating. Tantramar was assessed 48 fouls to 17 for Bathurst and had five players fouled out, including their top four scorers. Bathurst went to the line 59 times for 30 points on free throws. With the depleted line up the Titans couldn’t hold the line in the final minute and lost on free throws 98-94. Patterson had 27, Cormier 21 and Lyon 12 in the loss.
They took the week to work hard on defence and it paid huge dividends this past weekend at the Bluefield, P.E.I., tournament.
The Titans came out strong and defeated host Bluefield 99-49. Patterson had 19, Cormier 18 and Lyon 18.
Saturday morning, they faced Three Oaks and lost 75-52. The usually dominant offence went stagnant. Colin Mullin and Lucas Cormier each had 10 points.
Tantramar bounced back in the third place game and again found their offence with a 91-60 win over Westisle. Matt Kaye showed his leadership in the game and picked apart the Westisle defence for 19 points. Cormier had 15 and rookie Carlos Ponton Arndt had 14. Great play from the bench was evident all weekend as rookies Devin Mullin, Jason Wilson and Adryon Thompson are showing confidence on the floor and contributing both sides of the ball.