It is a
story book ended to what started off
as a tumultuous relationship. The
St. Clair Colts defeat the St.
Christopher's Cyclones in the LSSAA
finals last night. But it is the
story of a player and a coach that
As Jimmy Purves raised the MVP
trophy as the games most valuable
player (after scoring 23 points, 16
of them in the second half), Colts
head coach Peter Kaija smiled.
"You know its a funny story," Kaija
"I threw him off the team last year.
We had some disagreements and I felt
it would be better for the team if
he wasn't there."
Kaija looked over at his forward
that played an incredible game.
"But he came back this year and
worked really hard. He was a model
citizen and player. He was a
Purves stifled a very good Cyclones
defence, leading his team to the
victory. "We played our game,"
"I think this was our best game.
Winning the MVP was pretty sweet,
but now we got to watch some game
tape and get ready for next week."
And next week Coach Kaija hopes that
Purves comes to him and says the
same thing he did before playing St.
"He came to me before the game and
said, 'Don't worry I am going to hit
everything.' And he did."
Next week the Colts will host
Chatham-Kent on Wednesday. Time is
to be announced, but Kiaja said it
would likely be a 7 p.m. start.
As for the Cyclone's, they had the
home court advantage at St.
Christopher. There wasn't an empty
spot to stand or sit. But they still
came up on the short end of all
three championship games.
Aside from losing to the Colts in
the senior game, the Cyclones lost
to the in the junior game 57-45 to
Northern and in the midget finals
37-31 to Northern as well.
In the senior game Eric McDonald led
the way with 19 points. The Cyclones
actually led 11-8 after the first
quarter but only scored 11 points in
the following two-quarters to fall
behind 22-42 going into the third.
Despite a late charge, the Colts
defence was to strong for any
comeback on this night.
In the midget game, Hayden Auterhoff
scored 11 points in a winning effort
Only four St. Chris players
registered a point in the game.
Aaron Quin had 14 in a losing effort
and Mike Hummell added 12 before
In the junior game Carter Winberg
scored an amazing 26 points in only
three quarters to lead the Vikings
to the championship win.
Martin Popiel was the Cyclones
SWOSSA semi-final games go next week
in Chatham-Kent and Lambton.
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