Windsor ON-The most anticipated game of the season was only a possibility at the beginning of the OFSAA tournament, but it became a reality on championship day.
The St.Michael’s Blue Raiders and Father Henry Carr Crusaders were destined opponent ever since January when the Blue Raiders handed the Crusaders they’re first lost of the season and took over the number one rank in the country.
Both teams wanted a rematch for different reasons. Henry Carr wanted redemptions, and St Mikes wanted to leave no doubt that they were the number one team in the nation, and they did just that with a 47-38 overtime victory.
Rayshane Case came alive in the overtime period doing it on both ends of the floor. Rayshane Case’s lock down defense drew two key charges, and his ability to get into the paint led to four points and two assists.
St Mikes’ defense was the backbone to their championship season. In the OFSAA tournament they were able to hold opponents to a total of 182 points in five games.
The Crusaders didn’t come away with the medal they wanted, but they did show a lot of heart. Christian Hewitt came alive in the clutch knocking down two big three pointers, and finishing the game with a game-high 13 points to force overtime. Dillon Brooks played through foul trouble and ended the game with 12 points.
St. Mikes could be graduating a bulk of their talent this year, but the experience their underclassmen have gained is invaluable. Godwin Boahen and Nelson Kaputo will lead a very strong young squad next year. This may have been the first championship for St. Mikes, but it won’t be the last time they’ll be challenging for one.