“We just took out the number one seed, we did what no one expected us to do.”
The words that came out of Trevon Mollison’s mouth, following the biggest upset of the year– #10-ranked Notre Dame defeating #1-ranked St Mike’s to move forward into OFSAA final four.
The senior point guard for Notre Dame, carried his team for three quarters, and received back up in the fourth to help seal the deal. Mollison recorded a game-high 19 points, following up from a 31-point performance against H.B Beal.
Michael Asemota helped facilitate, Frank Agyemang came up with a big and-one play, and the biggest surprise was Jordan Appiah’s eight [of his 11] points in the final frame, including back to back threes.
“We believe we can do it, we can compete with any team, and that’s what we came here to do at OFSAA,” said Mollison.
“This is what we’ve been working towards throughout the whole season,” added Appiah.
After the game, Notre Dame Coach Geoff Edwards was quick to remind us that they are still the underdogs, clearly thriving in that position.
“We just fight..we fight man…we fight for everything,” Edwards passionately stated.
“No one likes us, no one respects us. They [the kids] fight for respect, they fight for a better seeding…they fight for everything.”
Notre Dame has proven time and time again that their effort and work ethic trumps any perceived weaknesses, and with the biggest win in program history over SMC, the knights won’t stop now.
ND takes on #5-ranked Oakwood, a team they have yet to see in the 2013-2014 campaign, and that have the ability to play a similar scrappy style.
“We have to ugly it up…win ugly,” Edwards told NPH.
Peel Region Representing
Coming into OFSAA, the Knights had three key wins on their resume–all coming against the same team, St Edmund Campion.
Notre Dame had two key losses–both of which came against the same team, the D’Youville Panthers. The same D-Y team that punched their ticket into the OFSAA Final Four with a win over a tough Vaughan team.
Many have questioned Peel Region basketball, and have noted the league’s lack of success over the years; however with two teams in the semi-finals, it ends the drought.
According to Barry Hayes, it is the first time since 1996, that a Peel team makes the semis at AAAA OFSAA, and two teams from Peel are in for first time since 1995.
ALL GAMES PLAYED AT HUMBER
- 10:00 AM – #2 Henry Carr VS #3 D’Youville
- 12:00 AM – #5 Oakwood VS #10 Notre Dame
- 4:00 PM – Consolation Final
- 6:00 PM – Bronze
- 8:00 PM – OFSAA Championship Game