The Muskie boys’ basketball program hasn’t missed a beat.
Despite not having played a league game in more than a month, both the junior and senior squads continued their NorWOSSA dominance yesterday afternoon in Kenora.
The senior Muskies trailed the host Broncos by two points with five seconds to go but guard Joey Theriault banked home a three-pointer as time expired to extend the team’s NorWOSSA record to a perfect 5-0.
Kenora fell to 2-4 with the loss.
Theriault’s last-second heroics helped avoid what would have been an embarrassing second-half collapse.
Leading 33-15 at halftime, the Muskies faltered at both ends of the court after the break, allowing the Broncos to get back into the game courtesy of some strong transition basketball.
The Broncos completed the comeback—and actually held an eight-point lead—with just over two minutes left.
But Morgan Anderson hit back-to-back three pointers to pull the Muskies within two points—allowing Theriault to win the game with his long range shot at the buzzer.
“I’m happy that we won the game,” senior head coach Paul Noonan said afterwards. “It puts us pretty much in the driver’s seat in terms of getting a lock on first place.
“From that standpoint, it was good, but our defence broke down in the second half and we let them back into the game when we shouldn’t have,” he added.
“I’m a little disappointed with the performance overall.”
Anderson led the Muskies with 20 points while Jeremy Strain added 10.
In the late game yesterday, the junior Muskies notched their fourth-straight win to improve to 4-1 with a 41-31 win over the Broncos (4-2).
The Muskies controlled the game from the outset and held a 12-point lead at halftime. The Broncos mounted a second-half comeback, but Fort High rose to the challenge and held on for the convincing victory.
“It was a good game for us,” junior head coach Gord McCabe remarked.
“It was sort of a workmanlike effort,” he added. “It was a slow basketball game. Kenora played zone [defence] for much of the first half and we spent a lot of time passing the ball around the perimeter.”
The victory was particularly sweet for McCabe as his team was able to win despite leading scorer Kurt Hill struggling with his game throughout the contest.
“Kurt Hill has been our leading scorer all year and he had a bit of a tough game,” McCabe noted. “I was really pleased with the way Chris Legg and Aaron Oakes, two of our other forwards, stepped up.
“It was nice to see some scoring come from some other guys.”
Legg led the Muskies with 12 points yesterday in Kenora while Oakes added six.
Both squads resume NorWOSSA action here next Tuesday (Feb. 6) when these same Broncos visit the “Fish Tank.”