The Revco Renegades pulled out an impressive upset during their Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League semi-final against the second-place RBC Lions on Tuesday night at the Fort High gym.
This game had the potential to be a tight match-up as Revco had a number of three-point shooters who caught fire towards the end of the season, as well as some great inside rebounders who were eager to test their skills against the league’s top-ranked player: the RBC’s Sam Soderman.
Unfortunately for the Lions, Soderman was called out of town to work.
As such, his league-leading 36 points-per-game were sorely missed as Revco romped to an 85-35 victory.
The Lions struggled to find their offensive groove without Soderman as Revco spread the ball around really well throughout the game.
All eight members of the Renegades made it onto the scoresheet, including four in double digits.
Brad Wardas led Revco with 21 points while Steve Windels netted 16.
Philip Armstrong topped RBC with 10 points, with Shane Belding putting in his best performance of the season by scoring seven.
The second semi-final saw top-ranked Sunset Landscaping battling the fourth-place BDO Ballerz.
As the game began, there was a thought that possibly two upsets were in the making for the evening as Sunset only was able to field four players to begin the game.
BDO came out with a good game plan but failed to execute it, missing key shots and finding themselves down early en route to a 88-66 loss.
Sunset played some great defence as a foursome, then were joined by Vic Davis midway through the first half, which opened things up on offence.
Josh Mastin’s 22 first-half points were a big reason BDO found themselves down by 30 at the break.
An 18-3 run by BDO in the second half brought them to within 15 and caused some concern on the Sunset bench.
But after calling a time-out, renewed driving to the hoop and fast-break buckets for Sunset quickly put the game out of reach.
Team sponsor Mark Heyens didn’t show any rust after a three-week layoff, adding 21 points to go with Mastin’s game-high 35.
Todd Richards had a strong first half for BDO, scoring 12 of his 16 points in the opening 20 minutes.
Mike Vanderaa, meanwhile, was quiet in the first half but put on a show in the latter frame, draining five “treys” to lead the Ballerz with 22 points.
The league final is set for tonight but the third-place game between the Lions and Ballerz will take place first at 6:45 p.m.
Awards and presentations will commence after the game.
Sunset Landscaping and Revco then will battle it out to decide the league champion at 7:45 p.m.
Medals for the winners will follow.
Pizza and wings also will be available after the game in the atrium to celebrate the season.
“We hope to have as many people watching and enjoying the games as possible, as well as people staying to help celebrate afterwards,” said league co-ordinator Conrad Dueck.