Hoopsters roll to another easy win

A 23-8 first-quarter run paced the Muskies to an easy 73-44 win over the host Kenora Broncos in NorWOSSA senior boys’ basketball action yesterday afternoon.
The black-and-gold, who improved to 2-0 in regular-season play with the victory, once again were led by the talented tandem of John Sivonen and Evan Woodland.
Sivonen scored a game-high 27 points while Woodland netted 16. Jamie Algie, who had another strong game on the boards, added nine.
“We try to work it to Evan and John outside but with Jamie Algie, we’re getting second shots we never had before,” noted Muskie co-coach Al McManaman.
“Rebounding has been good for us [but] everyone has been playing well,” he added.
“The game seemed to be over by the first quarter,” Sivonen said afterwards. “And that’s good because it gets our bench players in the game, and it takes the pressure off and everyone is having fun.”
And though the season is just one-quarter over, the Muskies have emerged as the clear-cut favourites to capture NorWOSSA gold.
“Unless we self-destruct, we should be [winning NorWOSSA],” said McManaman. “We have to stay focused.”
Meanwhile, it was a much different story for the Muskie junior boys’ basketball team, who were thumped 62-25 up in Kenora yesterday to fall to 1-1 on the season.
Head coach Greg St. Croix said his team turned the ball over too many times while failing to convert their foul shots.
Still, St. Croix said he was pleased with his team’s improved rebounding–and the fact they were “more aggressive” on defence compared to their season-opening victory over the Dryden Eagles here last week.
He added forward Geoff Gerley was a bright spot for the Muskies despite the lopsided loss.
Both Muskie basketball teams don’t see action again until Jan. 11 when they host the Kenora Broncos. The juniors then will host an invitational tourney Jan. 14-15.