The Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League hosted its first-ever quarter-final games on Tuesday night at the Fort High gym.
They were needed as the league grew from a five to a six-team league this season.
When the dust settled, the top seeds for the night ended up victorious, though one team definitely felt better about their victory.
The first matchup had the fourth-place BDO Ballerz taking on the fifth-ranked senior Muskies.
These two teams did some good trash-talking over the year, so it was fitting that they faced each other with a berth to the semi-finals on the line.
Wally Tabash netted a season-high 47 points to lead BDO to a 83-68 win.
The black-and-gold did a great job of spreading the ball around in the first half, with four of their five starters notching at least one three-pointer. Finding themselves trailing for most of the half, they kept things close and were only down 35-32 at the half.
The smaller Muskies struggled to contain the bigger Tabash, who had a huge first half by netting 20 points.
But the big man with the big smile was just getting warmed up as he dropped in another 27 in the second half off lay-ups and under-the-hoop work.
Brandon Larson and Cole Kowalski each netted 17 for the Muskies while Garrett Hyatt and Aaron Bujold both chipped in with 16.
Todd Richards had 11 for the Ballerz.
BDO now will face first-place Sunset Landscaping in the second semi-final next Tuesday (Feb. 27), at 8 p.m.
The second quarter-final, meanwhile, saw the third-place Revco Renegades tangling with bottom-feeding Arctic Cat.
It’s been a tough year in the standings for Arctic Cat, and the reason that this team–which has a lot of skilled players–struggled so much was evident again last night as not enough players showed up for the game.
While their team listed nine players, they rarely had more than five show up to games this season, leading to some tired legs.
With only three available to start, Arctic Cat was forced to forfeit, handing Revco the victory and a date with the second-place ranked RBC Lions next week at 6:45 p.m.
However, with the addition of Justin Anderson (who is definitely making a case for finding himself playing full-time for Arctic Cat next year) and Jevonte Phillips, a game was played, with Revco unofficially losing 64-50.
Joey Theriault from Arctic Cat, coming right off a shift at the mine, played a great game and finished with 20 points.
Trevor Martin, who wasn’t sure he would make the game due to his wife being a week overdue with their second child, had a solid defensive game and chipped in six.
Revco struggled to get going offensively, but finally started to find their groove with Steve Windels lighting it up from beyond the arc–much to the delight of his teammates and the fans on hand.
Windels ended the night with a season-high 14, while Brad Wardas led the Renegades with 15.