Host Crossroads wins basketball tourney

There’s something to be said for hosting a tournament and then winning it.
At least for the Crossroads Tornadoes, it sure beats not winning and reinforces the Devlin school’s motto, “Go big or go home.”
In this case, the boys’ basketball team won big at home when it finished atop the podium at the Crossroads Invitational basketball tournament on Saturday.
Five teams—representing four schools from across the district—vied for top honours at the day-long event.
After the preliminary round-robin, the Tornadoes found themselves with a perfect 10 points to sit in a tie for first place with the Atikokan High School Voyageurs.
St. Francis School (Fort Frances) sent two teams, each of which wound up with eight points, while Sturgeon Creek rounded out the field with four.
In the playoffs, St. Francis ‘A’ edged St. Francis ‘B’ 25-22 to capture the bronze medal—leaving the two undefeated teams to battle it out for the gold.
Things did not go well for the home side in the first half.
A quick and determined Voyageurs squad kept the Tornadoes off balance for much of the time and they trailed by eight points at the half.
But the second half was a different story.
Led by the aggressive two-way efforts of Jon McCoy and Garnet Cornell, the Tornadoes slowly but surely chipped away at the deficit and tied the score with five minutes to play.
Then as the seconds ticked down, Crossroads went ahead by eight points to seal the gold medal by a 40-32 score.
McCoy led all shooters with a dozen points. Cornell chipped in with eight and also had a number of crucial rebounds.
Wendell Smith forced several turnovers, and came up with two outright steals in the second half which turned out to be critical to the outcome.
It’s the girls’ turn this Saturday (Feb. 7) as Crossroads once again will be hosting a tournament.
For more information, call Crossroads at 486-3329.