Muskie hoopsters win gold in Dryden

The Muskie basketball program once again demonstrated its NorWOSSA supremacy by winning gold in both the junior and senior boys’ divisions yesterday in Dryden.
The juniors made short work of the host Eagles in the final, building a substantial lead in the early going and then cruising to an easy 68-42 victory.
Centre Kurt Hill led the black-and-gold with 16 points while guard Justin Bujold was next at 15.
The senior Muskie boys then matched the juniors’ accomplishment
with a 48-44 win in their final, also over the Eagles.
The squad struggled with their shooting throughout the game, allowing Dryden to stay close on the scoreboard.
But four key free throws late in the game—two each by forward Travis Stromness and guard Garnet Cornell—sealed the victory.
Morgan Anderson and Joey Theriault tied for the team lead in scoring with 12 points apiece.
Both the Muskie juniors (7-1) and seniors (8-0) finished atop the NorWOSSA regular-season standings and were the favourites to take home the gold medals.
However, what was surprising were the Muskies’ opponents in the finals.
Both Eagle squads—who finished the regular season a distant third—got the better of the second-place Kenora Broncos in the semi-finals.
The senior Muskies now advance to the NWOSSAA tournament Feb. 23-25 in Thunder Bay, where they will vie for a berth at the all-Ontarios.
There is no provincial championship in the junior ranks.
As a result, the Muskie juniors will wrap up their season with an exhibition game against the host International Falls Broncos’ Grade 9 squad next Thursday (Feb. 22) at 6 p.m.

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