Hoyas Junior Boys basketball team kicks off season with tournament gold

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Main photo: (front row from right) Harry Farnsworth, Drew Gardiner, Morgan Aubin-Vardy, Charlie Lalonde, Jordan Watts; (back row from right) Harrison Van Kooy, Seth Cooper, Michael Sykes, Jarrod Sutherland, Matt Stayer, David Laughton, Colin Hungerford, Jeremiah Martin, and Coach Terry Barber. Missing: Wes Farnsworth.

The Huntsville High School Junior Boys Basketball team started the season off with a Gold!

The team competed in the Arthur Gabor Classic in North Bay last weekend, hosted by Chippewa Secondary School.

The Arthur Gabor Classic, formally called the Tomahawk Tournament, is one of the largest and longest-running high school basketball tournaments in Canada. Forty-eight teams from across Northern Ontario attended to compete in the Junior and Senior divisions.

“My guys played extremely well. Everyone contributed,” said Coach Terry Barber. “Our defense was incredible, holding great teams to low scores and creating easy opportunities for us to put a lot of points on the board. Our passing was that of a seasoned team full of veterans. Our young players stepped up nicely, too.”

Huntsville steamrolled their way through the first four matches by almost doubling the points on the scoreboard playing against Lockerby, Twin Lakes, Timmins High and Notre Dame in the semi-final game. Their success moved them in to the finals to meet LaSalle on the court for the gold medal match.

“They got up on us early. We never had a lead through the entire game but my guys never gave up on each other,” said Coach Barber. “They worked hard through the entire game. With about 1:45 left in the game, we were down 13 but the guys made a huge defensive stand.”

The final quarter kept the spectators on the edge of their seats as they cheered the boys on through the intensity of the final minutes.

“Stealing the ball five times in a row and scoring on every turnover, put us up by one with nine seconds left. It was an incredible finish to an amazing game,” said Coach Barber. The Huntsville Hoyas won the Gold 59-58. Congrats, Hoyas!

Good luck in the upcoming 2017/18 season.

It was a close final score, but that's only part of the story. The Hoyas battled hard in the 4th to earn the win. (Photo: Carrie Sykes)

It was a close final score, but that’s only part of the story. The Hoyas battled hard in the 4th to earn the win. (Photo: Carrie Sykes)

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