SUSSEX,NB–The small town of Sussex, New Brunswick hosted the Dairy Town Classic for a 25th time this year and they put on a great show. Everything was well run and taken care of from the Coaches to the Players to the media. With such a great tournament there is no surprise that it has been going on for 25 years and will likely continue for 25 more as the community support and the hard working committee have made this a premiere high school basketball tournament in Canadian Hoops!
NPH Top Performers
Jean De BréBeuf:
The Men’s Championship game had St. Michael’s, NPH #1-ranked team in the country facing off against Jean De BréBeuf, last year’s runner up. St. Michael’s had been on a roll and were blowing out teams early in the game. Jean De BréBeuf would put up a great fight but St. Michael’s prevailed to win the 25th Dairy Town Classic 105-77.
This game started off with a bang right from the opening tip off as Abdul Atta tipped the ball forward to Joseph Chartouny who then had a no look touch pass to his teammate who was running down the side and finished for the easy layup. Jean De BréBeuf would hold onto their lead for a few more minutes before St. Michael’s would completely take over.
Duane Notice and Malcolm Duvivier took charge from there on out as they battled hard with Jean De BréBeuf’s Joseph Chartouny who was determined to fight in this game to the finish.
After a high scoring first quarter it was 37-25 in favour of St. Michael’s. At one point, Notice went on a run scoring nine points in a row to help them obtain a lead they would not relinquish. Joseph Chartouny was keeping it close for Jean De BréBeuf but St. Michael’s was determined to show why they are the #1 team in the country.
The second quarter only provided for more highlight reel plays as Malcolm Duvivier and Joseph Chartouny started lighting up the scoreboard from behind the arc. Another play by Chartouny had the crowd in amazement as Joseph put the ball through the defenders legs on the way to making an acrobatic finish at the net for the layup. Going into the locker room at halftime St. Michael’s was out in front 65-46.
Coach Jeff Zownir spoke to NPH after their championship victory and about the tournament.
“Jean De Brebeuf was a good team and they gave us a fight but we wore them down in the second half. I thought we were well prepared for this tournament and it showed with our execution of play.”
Duane Notice could not be stopped in this game and received some stiff competition from Joseph Chartouny who played him well throughout the game. Duane Notice took home player of the game and the well deserved tournament MVP.
Not to be out done, Joseph Chartouny had a great game and tournament scoring 35 points in the Championship game, capping off a tournament where he averaged 30.2 points per game.
NPH Top Performers:
- Audrey Ann Caron-Goudreau 25
- Sophie Boulanger 12
- Laurie Marchand 11
- Katie Lund 15
- Gabrielle Robin 14
The Ladies Championship game pitted the defending tournament champion Riverview Royals against the St Franҫois Blizzards. This was a rematch of the opening game of the tournament of which the Royals won 73-71 behind the heroic late game shooting of Emily Hatcher.
From the opening tip St Franҫois took control of the game scoring the first seven points, the Blizzards continued this throughout the game only trailing for 12 seconds in the entire game at 30-29 on their way to a 63-53 win.
The Blizzards came out well prepared for the Royals and their aggressive style of play and locked down on defensive side from the opening tip. They controlled Riverview in transition and dominated the much smaller team in all facets of the game early by closing out and pressuring the shooters into contested shots or off balance pull-ups. With its superior size and athleticism from 6-3 Audrey Anne Caron-Goudreau and 6-3 Khaleann Caron-Goudreau the Blizzards dominated the paint and the boards. To counter this the Riverview forwards and guards tried pulling the 6-3 twin sisters outside and use their quickness to exploit them, however this plan back fired as the Caron-Goudreau’s showed they were also superior athletes on the perimeter as well by shutting down any dribble penetration. The Blizzards closed the half up 31-30.
The second half started the same as the first with St Franҫois showing its defensive prominence and continuing to make Riverview force shots. On the offensive end Audrey Ann continued to dominate the post area and also stepped out and made jump shots on the perimeter. Riverview started collapsing on the interior to control the paint and Blizzard guard Laurie Marchand took advantage by knocking down back to back threes to give the Blizzards a 48-41 advantage after 3 quarters. St Franҫois extended the lead to as many as 13 and cruised to the 10 point win in the fourth.
In a post game interview Coach Francois Patenaude compared the results of the two games saying “after travelling to get here we didn’t have our legs to close them out down the stretch in the first game, today we did”.
Audrey Anne Caron-Goudreau was named tournament MVP after putting in stellar performances in the Semi-Finals and Finals scoring 28 and 25 respectively after a slow start to the weekend.
Mens Bronze Medal Game
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The third place game had the Auburn Eagles taking on the Riverview Royals. Both teams lost in their semi-finals to earn the right to play for the Bronze Medal.
Riverview would be in control for most of the game against an injury depleted Auburn team; however Auburn would prevail in the fourth quarter with a 102-93 victory.
In the first quarter Riverview was attacking Auburn and applying a lot more intensity allowing them to jump out to a 28-19 lead. Hot shooting from all different areas on the court provided by Chris Murray and Stephen Ethelston had the Royals out in a comfortable 52-44 lead going into the halftime break.
At the start of the third quarter the Eagles looked like they were getting ready to mount a comeback and take control of this game. The Royals had other ideas as they extended their lead midway in the quarter to 72-57. The Eagles however did respond with a comeback with AJ Simmonds taking control of the point and did a good job of distributing and shooting when needed.
The Eagles had closed the gap going into the fourth quarter to within striking distance and then took over the fourth quarter with strong play from Kellan Duke and Bruce Willis helping them chip away at the lead. Midway through the fourth they grabbed the lead for the first time in a long time and held on to the victory.
NPH had a chance to speak with Coach Lance Sparks after the fourth quarter comeback.
“I hate to say it but, the kids finally started to listen. We started to run ourselves and we stayed poised and AJ took over the game and I told the boys at halftime that he is our leader and that it’s got to go through him, and that’s what the guys did. Riverview did a great job of shooting the lights out and I have to take my hat to Riverview.”
The Eagles finished third in a tournament where they have had plenty of success, winning the tournament last year against Jean De BréBeuf.
Sarah Meehan – Sussex Sonics
Nick Huggard – Sussex Sonics
Holly Jones – Riverview Royals
Joseph Chartouny – Jean De BréBeuf Dynamiques
Tournament All Stars:
Emily Hatcher, Riverview
Khaleann Caron-Goudreau,St Francois
Kiera Rigby, Colonel Gray
Laurie Marchand, St. Francois
Katie Lund, Riverview
MVP: Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau – Séminaire St. Franҫois Blizzard
Malcolm Duvivier, St. Michael’s
AJ Simmonds, Auburn
Rashayne Case, St Mike’s
Alexandre Goulet, Jean De Brébeuf
Stephen Ethelston, Riverview
MVP: Duane Notice – St Michael’s Blue Raiders
GAME RESULT – DAY 3
Men’s championship — St. Michael’s 105, Jean-de-Brébeuf 77 St. Michael’s: Duane Notice 35, Malcolm Duvivier 32 Jean De BréBeuf: Joseph Chartouny 35, Abdul Atta 17, Alexandre Goulet 14 Game stars: Duane Notice, Joseph Chartouny
Ladies championship — Séminaire St-Franҫois 63, Riverview 53 St-Francois: Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau 25, Sophie Boulanger 12, Laurie Marchand 11 Riverview: Katie Lund 15, Gabrielle Robin 14 Game stars: Sophie Boulanger, Gabrielle Robin Third place men —
Auburn 102, Riverview 93 Auburn: Bruce Willis 21, AJ Simmonds 17, Jordan Crawley 16 Riverview: Stephen Ethelston 28, Chris Murray 24, Oliver Langille 14 Game stars: Bruce Willis, Stephen Ethelston
Third place ladies — Halifax Grammar 64, Colonel Gray 58 Halifax Grammar: Jane McLaughlin 34, Belce Yoruk 16 Colonel Gray: Kiera Rigby 21, Rayelle Morrison 19
Fifth place men — KVHS 79, Sussex 42 KVHS: Zac Chambers 20, Erik Nissen 18, Nathan D’Entremont 11 Sussex: Nick Huggard 16, Jake Folkins 11 Game stars: Patrick Kaine, Marcus Robinson Fifth place ladies — Leo Hayes 73, Sussex 58
Leo Hayes: Morgan MacGregor 20, Ellen Woodworth 16, Tori McCarty 15 Sussex: Erika Miller 14, Marika deWinter 13, Sarah Meehan 11 Game stars: Ellen Woodworth, Sarah Meehan