Seneca Feels The Sting in Tough Loss to Centennial
NPH Top Performers
#5 Derek DeJesus- 13 pts, 3 rbs, 4 stl
#20 Theon Reefer- 24 pts, 8 rbs, 2 stl
TORONTO, ON–Last night may have been the Seneca men’s basketball 2011 home opener, but the Centennial Colts felt no remorse as they edged out the Sting 77-56.
The first quarter started with a bang as both teams pushed to take advantage of an early lead. Third year forward, Curtis Baanee provided the Sting with an early lead playing with confidence and leadership, as the first quarter ended with the Sting up by five.
In the second quarter, emotion played a massive role. Frustrated with the officiating the Colts were given a double technical foul. Unable to make any of the following free throws the Sting allowed the Colts to storm back, thanks in part to the aggressive rebounding of forwards Theon Reefer and Liban Hassan.
With little time left on the clock Reefer threw down a pivotal dunk giving Centennial the momentum heading into the second half, leading 40-35.
The Colts head coach, Jim Barclay saw this as the turning point in the game saying, “after we settled down, we ran, and we were taller. They just could not keep up with us.”
Barclay was right as his team started the third quarter on a 10-0 run. Although it was back and forth basketball with many lackluster turnovers, the Colts were able to further the point gap to 13, ending the quarter up 60-47.
From that point on Theon Reefer took over with consistent help from his teammates.
“It was a great team effort, everybody played great,” said Barclay of his undermanned lineup.
In the end, Seneca’s sting could not slow down the Colts with the final being 77-56.