Senior hoopsters remain undefeated

The Muskie senior boys’ basketball team improved to 3-0 in NorWOSSA play after a 51-42 win over the host Kenora Broncos yesterday afternoon.
The black-and-gold are the defending NWOSSAA champions.
But it’s been a different story for the Muskie senior girls’ volleyball team so far this season. The defending NWOSSAA champs fell to 0-3 yesterday after dropping a close five-set decision to the Broncos (25-17, 18-25, 24-26, 25-17, and 13-15).
Both Muskie junior teams won yesterday in Kenora to improve to 2-1. The boys edged the Broncos 36-33 in overtime while the girls swept their best-of-five match 25-23, 25-11 and 25-11.
“We were kind of weak to start. That first game was slow,” said junior girls’ assistant coach Duane Roen, who led the team in place of absent head coach Struchan Gilson.
“They came back and played some good volleyball.”
Meanwhile, it was another close contest for the senior cagers as the Broncos used a pressing half-court defence—similar to what Fort William Collegiate used against the Muskies at last week’s tournament here.
But the Muskies used a strong scoring run in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Jock Gemmell returned from a sprained ankle last weekend to lead the Muskies with 13 points. Fellow forward Jamie Algie had 10, Dan Poperechny netted nine, and Faical Cheblaoui added eight.
“It was a scrappy game. Kenora played a lot of good half-court defence,” said co-coach Paul Noonan. “It was a nice, if not ugly, win.”
In junior play, the Muskies were down by six points in the fourth quarter but came back to tie in regulation time. A Mark Buist rebound layup in overtime put the black-and-gold up for good.
Buist finished with 11 points to lead the team, with guard Anwar Cheblaoui netting eight points.
“[Mark] was getting some clutch rebounds and helped us turn it around,” said assistant coach Shane Bliss. “Anwar controlled the flow for us.”
After losing their opening game in Dryden, the juniors have reeled off two-straight wins.
“They’re learning as they go along and are starting to be a little more patient on the court,” said Bliss. “We have some talented players on this team.”
All four teams will resume NorWOSSA play Jan. 8 here against Dryden.