By Deon Wilson & Armaan Ahluwalia
SUSSEX,NB–On day two of the Dairy Town Classic the teams battled it out once again as Semi-Final spots were on the line. Teams played their final game before facing off in the Semi-Finals. The following below is the on the Semi-Final games
Auburn vs. Jean De Brebeuf
In the most anticipated match of the day, the Auburn Drive Eagles took on the Jean De Brebeuf Dynamiques; which was a rematch of last year’s Championship game. The Eagles are the returning champions but the Dairy Town Classic will have another Champion this year as Jean De Brebeuf defeated Auburn 110-84.
Jean De Brebeuf came ready to play and had a fast and quick start to the game. They started with a 17-0 run in the first five minutes of the opening quarter. Lead by Joseph Chartouny the Dynamiques were hitting every shot and playing good defence against an Auburn team that came out of the gates flat. Auburn tried everything and was unable to get anything offensively going in the first quarter. They trailed 32-11 after the first quarter.
Head Coach Mehdi Stamboul spoke to NPH after the game about the team’s strong start. “The Plan from the start was to play disciplined basketball, we knew that Auburn was very fast and skilled and we tried to play them in the half court game and tried to not give them layups and stop them in transition defence.”
Joseph Chartouny took over in the first half scoring 33 points at the break. He was making shots from way behind the three point line as well as driving to the basket at a extremely successful rate, not to mention he was causing many problems on the defensive side of the ball for the Auburn offense.
The Auburn Eagles however would not roll over and give up. Led by AJ Simmonds and Tyreece Ewing the Eagles slowly started to chip away at the large lead. Jean De Brebeuf was in control going into the halftime break 63-38.
The third quarter proved to me much of the same as Jean De Brebeuf would allow Auburn to score some points, but never really allowed the Eagles to get within striking distance. AJ Simmonds and Davonte Provo continued to battle hard throughout the second half and at one point brought the deficit to within 15.
Auburn’s AJ Simmonds and Davonte Provo finished with 24 and 18 points respectively. With this victory Jean De Brebeuf will face St. Michael’s in the Championship game.
St. Michael’s vs. Riverview
In the men’s semi final the St Michael’s Blue Raiders (NPH #1 ranked team) dominated another opponent defeating the Riverview Royals 123-43.
As the game opened the Royals looked like they might put up some fight banging the Blue Raiders around keeping the margin to 15-7 at mid quarter. St Michael’s defense really took over in the second with a 38-7 quarter. Riverview wilted and just stopped competing as St Mikes bench beat up on them in the second half.
Super guards Dianne Notice had 18pts and Malcolm Duvivier had 16 to lead the Blue Raiders. Ryall Stroud and MJ Kisirye had good games well chipping in with 13 and 10 respectively. Chris Murray led Riverview with 13.
Halifax Grammar vs. Seminaire St. Francois (W)
In women’s semi final play at the Dairy Town Classic St Francois had an outstanding comeback to defeat Halifax Grammar 55-53.
Led by 6-3 Audrey Ann the Blizzard overcame a 10 point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead with 1:43 left. Audrey who scored 28, pounded the boards and dominated the much smaller Gryhons in the paint.
Halifax Grammar was led by Jane McLaughlin with 20 and Katie Ross with 14 was game star.
Colonel Gray vs. Riverview (W)
In the second women’s semi final game, the Colonel Gray Colonels took on the Riverview Royals who played a tough battle right to the finish. Riverview would emerge victorious by a score of 76-70.
The Royals started the game strong and took a brief lead after the first quarter. The Colonels were never too far in the distance as they managed to hang around for most of the first half. They started to fall behind in the third quarter when the Royals started making their shots.
Going into the fourth quarter Colonel Gray decided to kick it into overdrive and make a push, they started hitting shots and brought the lead down to within six at one point. It was not enough as the Royals battled it out and applied great defensive pressure as the Colonels were unable to break the press.
Colonel Gray was lead by Rayelle Morrison and Kiera Rigby who led the way with 28 and 18 points respectively. Riverview’s Maddyson McDonald was their go to scorer in the game finishing with 25 points.
Colonel Gray 64, Sussex 41 (W)
Colonel Gray: Keira Rigby 19, Rayelle Morrison 16
Sussex: Kennedy Baird 10, Taneesha Dalling 9
Game stars: Rigby, Baird
Séminaire St-Francois 73, Leo Hayes 61 (W)
St-Francois: Khaleann Caron-Goudreau 14, Sophie Boulanger 12
Leo Hayes: Nicole Lafleur 27, Morgan MacGregor 18
Game stars: Sophie Belanger, Nicole Lafleur
Riverview 113, Sussex 77
Riverview: Stephen Ethelston 33, Chris Murray 27, Brandon Petitpas 17
Sussex: Nick Huggard 23, Ryan Palmer 12, Mitchell Folkins 12
Game stars: Ethelston, Palmer
St. Michael’s 120, Kennebecasis Valley 50
St. Michael’s: Malcolm Bouvier 30, Duane Notice 21, Matt McDonald 12
Kennebecasis Valley: Erik Nissen 14, Nathan D’Entremont 10
Game stars: McDonald, D’Entremont
SEMIFINALS – LADIES
Séminaire St-Francois 55, Halifax Grammar 53 (W)
St-Francois: Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau 28, Khaleann Caron-Goudreau 7, Lea-Marie Caron 7
Halifax Grammar: Jane McLaughlin 20, Katie Ross, 14, Belce Yoruk 10
Game stars: Laurie Marchand, Ross
Riverview 76, Colonel Gray 70 (W)
Riverview: Maddyson McDonald 25, Ashley Shea 10
Colonel Gray: Rayelle Morrison 28, Kiera Rigby 18, Hannah Dawson 10
Game stars: Holly Jones, Morrison
SEMIFINALS – MEN
Jean de Brebeuf 110, Auburn Drive 84
Brebeuf: Joseph Chartouny 44, Alexandre Goulet, Abdul Atta 13
Auburn Drive: AJ Simmonds 24, Davante Provo 18, Tyreece Ewing 16
Game stars: Chartouny, Provo
St. Michael’s 123, Riverview 43
St. Michael’s: Duane Notice 18, Malcolm Duvivier 16
Riverview: Chris Murray 13, Stephen Ethelston 13
Game stars: MJ Kisirye, Kyle McCluskey