Early in the season they sat at #1 among the nation’s top teams. Last night, the Oakwood Barons solidified that position with a 40-38 victory over the Father Henry Carr Crusaders coveted provincial title, in the 2014 AAAA OFSAA Championship. Toronto’s downtown representative takes home another banner to hang in their gym’s rafters beside their latest from 2010.
In 2010, it was Julian Clarke that would lift the Barons to provincial supremacy, the Clarke bloodline continues to flourish as brody Clarkey finished with 8 points and 2 hand fulls of rebounds, while having a tough responsibility of guarding Anthony McNish. Clarke and McNish tugged and battled for position in the low post every quarter, but the older and physically stronger Clarke got the best of this battle and made Father Henry Carr’s sophomore earn every point.
The atmosphere in Humber College’s gym was set for someone to make a name for themselves in the championship game. With the gym packed to the very top of the bleachers, Jordan Rose stepped up in timely situations to secure leads for the Barons. He kept the trigger cocked back and released from beyond the arc to give him a game high 11 points in this low scoring affair.
Rose’s 11 points was followed by 1o from Baron’s lead guard Calvin Epistola. Epistola is proven at every level he’s played on; both as a producer and a guy that will provide so many intangibles to a team. One of the most improved players in the 2015 class Dwan Williams was also a major piece in this OFSAA Championship.
The defensive efforts from both sides a was sight to see. Many lead changes were taken in the third and fourth quarter but it all came down to one shot. With the packed gym all on it’s feet, FHC would fumble the ball and not have enough time to get a shot off.
Carlan Gay of North Pole Hoops catches up with the Oakwood Barons following their run to the 2013-2014 OFSAA championships in a 40-38 defensive battle!