Muskie hoopsters settle for silver

Costly turnovers and bad shooting by the Muskies helped the Port Arthur Collegiate Redmen (Thunder Bay) sweep the best-of-three NWOSSAA boys’ basketball final here last weekend.
The Muskies dropped the opener 57-39 on Friday evening, then fell 70-42 in the second game Saturday morning to allow the Redmen to advance to the all-Ontarios in Perth (near Ottawa) this month.
“We had lots of opportunities,” Muskie head coach Paul Noonan said after the first game Friday night.
Noonan likened the loss of their scoring touch a disease—once it started, it was contagious.
Things looked better at the start of the second game Saturday morning as the black-and-gold trailed by only two points at the half while Port Arthur’s leading scorer, Alex Myros, was getting his ankle taped and iced after turning it.
Still, Myros managed to limp his way to 40 points in the game and win the NWOSSAA crown for his team. The Muskies were held to just one point (on a foul shot) for the first four minutes of the second half.
The Redmen took their time shooting while taking advantage of the Muskies’ rebounds and turnovers.
“I thought our defence played well, but we just didn’t have an answer for [Myros],” said Noonan. “When you’re playing a team as good as this, you can’t be making the same mistakes.
“A strong team is going to OFSAA,” he added. “They gave it their best effort for sure.”
At the end of Saturday’s game, Fort High athletic director Darren Johnson asked that the Redmen represent Northwestern Ontario well at OFSAA.
The loss ended a great season for the Muskie senior boys. The team went 8-1 in NorWOSSA play, and 16-7 overall, en route to their fourth trip to NWOSSAA in the last five years.
The black-and-gold were led all season by Grade 12 players Kevin Gemmell and Cullan McGinnis.