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Silver Fox Invitational: Day Two Recap

Posted on 16. Jan, 2011 by Barry Hayes in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments

Last year, the Loyola Hawks fell to St. Thomas More in a tight Silver Fox semifinal. This year, they were placed in the same situation…and flourished. After dumping More, a spirited late comeback led by tournament MVP Mike Lafricain knocked off the defending Fox champion Oakwood Barons in the final. Once again, fans were treated to another heart-pounding day of action. Big thanks to tournament convenor Jim Weatherbee and the staff for continuing to provide an elite basketball experience.


Saturday, January 15

Ascension (Mississauga) 78 (Domenic Lewis 30), Glendale (Hamilton) 58 (Boris Majinovic 14)
Saltfleet (Stoney Creek) 52 (Josh Sanderson 21), St. Theresa's (Midland) 51 (Blake Hayley 12)
Notre Dame (Burlington) 46 (Justin Springer 15), St. Francis (St. Catharines) 36 (Patrick Pilato 16)
Bluevale (Waterloo) 46 (Stefan Cvrkalj 27), Father Henry Carr (Toronto) 43 (Richard Audu 11)
Sarnia Northern 64 (Reda Soula 16), Hillcrest (Ottawa) 63 (Issack Egueh 16)
Denison (Newmarket) 56 (Kevin Pangos 27), Fletcher’s Meadow (Brampton) 50 (Shaquille Keith 17)
Cardinal Newman (Hamilton) 65 (Lucas Mancini 25), Holy Names (Windsor) 55 (Damion Smith 15)

Championship Semifinals:
Loyola (Oakville) 75 (Mike Lafricain 25), St. Thomas More (Hamilton) 59 (Paul Petruccelli 17)
Oakwood (Toronto) 63 (Kevin Blake 27), Anderson (Whitby) 60 (Dyshawn Pierre 26)

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Final
Sarnia Northern 61 [ot] (Jon Ravenhorst 16)
Bluevale 60 (Stefan Cvrkalj 30)

Roach/Towler Final
Notre Dame 63 (Nathan McCarthy 15)
Saltfleet 43 (Ogi Coric 21)

MacLean/Newton Final
Holy Names 52 (Rotimi Osuntola Jr. 19)
Fletcher’s Meadow 51 (Jonathon McKay 14)

Joe Raso Final
Denison 67 (Brayden Gohn 18)
Cardinal Newman 50 (A.J. Manguera 12)

Ken Ormerod Bronze
St. Thomas More 68 [ot] (Lamar Barr 19, John Gordon 18, Paul Petruccelli 15, Jerome Sealy 10)
Anderson 66 (Justin Edwards 27, Dyshawn Pierre 24)


Loyola 66 (Mike Lafricain 17, Rohan Boney 15, Adam Presutti 15, Peter Rusic 15)
Oakwood 57 (Kevin Blake 27, Xzenis Brereton 9)



MVP: Mike Lafricain (6'0" PG Gr.12r), Loyola

Ron Kovljenic Fair Play Award: Jake Babic (6'3" SF Gr.10), Loyola
Silver Fox Defensive Player: Sheldon Moore (6'0" PG Gr.12), Oakwood

1st Team All-Stars:
Kevin Pangos (6'2" PG Gr.12), Denison
John Gordon (6'0" PG Gr.12r), St. Thomas More
Kevin Blake (6'2" SG Gr.12), Oakwood
Rohan Boney (6'4" SF Gr.12), Loyola

2nd Team All-Stars:
David McCulloch (6'1" PG Gr.10), Cardinal Newman
Shaquille Keith (6'4" SF Gr.12), Fletcher’s Meadow
Rotimi Osuntola Jr. (6'5" PF Gr.12), Holy Names
Dyshawn Pierre (6'5" SF Gr.12), Anderson
Lamar Barr (6'0" SG Gr.12), St. Thomas More



Mike Lafricain (6’0” PG, 2011), Loyola

The tournament MVP for a good reason. He was playing at such a high speed that the term “the zone” applies here. Mike was on top of his game in the final – shots in rhythm, dribble penetration, & focused passing. He put on a shooting display in the first half, swishing three 3-pointers and 15 points. With Oakwood understanding his scoring abilities, he switched gears to play the role of catalyst in the second half. Finding ways to draw the defence to him, he fed open teammates, who came through in the team’s relentless second half attack.

Adam Presutti (6’2” SG, 2011), Loyola

The old sports adage says, “Big-time players make big-time plays”. Adam came through in the clutch, catching fire from the outside in Loyola’s big comeback win for the championship. He always made good passes and rolled well off of screens to set up some open shots - the biggest of all being a back-breaking 3-ball late in the 4th quarter against Oakwood.

Kevin Blake (6’2” SG, 2012), Oakwood


Kevin put together an absolute monster of a tournament. His high-flying attacks to the rim, absorbing any contact on the way, were some of the top highlights of the weekend, proving he truly takes a lickin’ and keeps on slammin’. Unfortunately, after scoring 18 points in the first half against Loyola, the team couldn’t find ways to give him the ball in the second half during crunch time.



Kevin Pangos (6’2” PG, 2011), Denison

Even though he was recognized on Day 1 as well, Kevin is just a joy to watch as a basketball fan. With all the departures of Ontario prospects from their high schools, this is a time to savour the elite that chose to stay. In the Joe Raso Final, he used his excellent vision to find open teammates with better scoring opportunities. Despite starters Brayden Gohn (6’5” F, Gr.12) and Zac Marcelline (5’10” G, Gr.12) hobbled with injuries accumulated in their earlier battles, the duo helped keep Cardinal Newman from sagging their defensive spotlight on Kevin. Brayden went for 15 in the first half, while Zac netted 13 in the second half (including 3 treys).

John Gordon (6’0” PG, 2011), St. Thomas More

For a structured attack, you need an intelligent quarterback to execute it. This is John’s role for St. Thomas More and the results over the weekend prove it. A reserve on last year’s OFSAA finalists, he cued the comeback against Anderson in the Ken Ormerod Bronze game by showing a little bit of everything. An outside shot here, a penetrate & kick there, and some emotional leadership as they wore out the competition. In the final seconds of overtime and the game tied, John used a screen and slashed all the way to the hoop for the game-winning layup, sending the local crowd into a frenzy.

(Picture: Loyola's Adam Presutti, Rohan Boney, Mike Lafricain)




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