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Lions still unbeaten in men's hoops


The games were much higher-scoring in Fort Frances Men's Basketball League action last Tuesday night at Fort High.

The first game of the night saw the RBC Lions aiming to keep their perfect record intact against the BDO Ballerz.

In the only close game of the night, RBC found themselves in the unusual spot of being behind for much of the first half.

Good work by BDO's big men Todd Richards (14 points) and Chris Wall (team-high 16 points) paced the offence in the first half and into the second.

But the Lions eventually found their shooting and driving legs, and turned a slim 29-28 half-time lead into a 67-55 victory.

Brady Jenson led RBC with 21 points while Sam Soderman had 19.

Newcomer Corey Smith added some serious energy on defence to go along with his 14 points on offence.

One of the highlights of the game was the fact Payne Hunter took the big step of reffing—even though he was the youngest person on the court.

The second game of the night had the Revco Renegades squaring off against Arctic Cat

With the starting line-up for Revco being almost 20 years older, on average, than that of Arctic Cat, it was realized that good team defence and effective perimeter shooting were going to be necessary if the veterans were to have a chance of success.

Unfortunately, a lack of ball moment on Revco's part, and good zone defence by Arctic Cat, stifled those high hopes and led to a convincing 66-36 victory for the young guns in the green jerseys.

Revco was sporting some new jerseys, thanks to sponsor Dave Petsnick, but their shine didn't last long as the team followed a quick six points at the start of the game by TJ States with almost 10 minutes of no scoring.

Arctic Cat passed the ball really well, with five of their six players scoring at least nine points.

Justin Anderson led the way with 19.

The final game of the night saw Sunset Landscaping thump the tired Muskies.

What happens when you play a regular-season league game in Kenora, travel on a bus for a few hours, then play another game against a rested and talented team that has two subs while you have none?

Nothing good if you are a Muskie.

The high-schoolers were brave to try and play a second game in one day but their tired legs showed, both in the fact it took them 10 minutes to score their fist bucket and in the final score of their blowout 81-28 loss to Sunset.

But big kudos to the guys for trying, and to Wyatt Richards for hitting his first men's league three-pointer.

Sunset, meanwhile, had five players reach double digits, including newcomer Ian Couch, who showed some impressive skills on the way to 11 points.

Mark Heyens led the way with 20 points.

Tonight's games will see the Muskies (1-3) taking on the Renegades (2-2) at 6:40 p.m., followed by the Lions (4-0) squaring off against Sunset (2-1-1) at 7:30.

The Ballerz (0-3-1) then will cap the night by battling Arctic Cat (2-2) at 8:30 p.m.

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