“Every Team Wants To Take Down #1” Henry Carr STILL Undefeated, Despite Valiant Carmel Effort
MISSISSAUGA, ON–Father Henry Carr, NPH #1-Ranked Team in the nation has captured another championship. We are starting to sound like a broken record but don’t shoot the messenger; FHC continues to produce but this time it didn’t come easy as Mount Carmel put up a valiant effort in 76-68 game that came down to the final minutes.
21-0 is the record, four straight tournament championships is the result. But what will push the Crusaders to remain focused?
“The challenge is not so much focus, its to maintain a level of modesty and being humble and realize that yes we are good but we still have to work hard,” Head Coach Paul Melnik told NPH.
“We haven’t played a full 32 minutes yet, we have maxed out at 16…if we can get to that level, we will be pretty tough to beat and that’s what we are trying to build to.”
Four Henry Carr Crusaders reached double digits. Senior Guard Josh Bell earned MVP honours scoring a game-high 27 points in the championship. Christian Hewitt, who was essential hitting big shots put up 14 points, while Tanveer Bhullar & Dillon Brooks added 12 apiece.
“We don’t start off the game right..but it’s good that we are going through our up and downs now so that when we get to OFSAA we can be at our peak,” explained Rimrocker MVP Josh Bell.
“Every team wants to take down #1…everyone is going to bring their best and play their hearts out,” continued Bell.
Mount Carmel controlled the first half with senior Shakir Cottle launching at will with all eight points coming in the first two quarters. Canisius Commt Cassidy Ryan lead OLMC with 16 hitting mid-range jumpers with consistency.
Paul Galas added 13 points, playing with efficiency, while Jaylen Parkinson-Roberts chipped in with 10.
The next stop for the Father Henry Crusaders is the Arby’s Classic, where they will take their perfect record to Tennesse and compete against American competition South of the Border.