was a heartbreaking loss when
the St. Christopher Cyclones
senior boys basketball team
hosted the Forster Spartans last
night at the St. Chris gym.
The Cyclones trailed by 10
points at the half, but with
three-minutes left in the fourth
quarter had closed the gap to a
single point; but it wasn't meant to
be as the Cyclones lost 54-47.
"I am very disappointed," head
coach Dave Elsley said
after the loss.
"I think we were out sized and
out skilled yet our guys played
very well and deserved a better fate."
Cyclone's were led by Joe Rocca with
14 points followed by Matt Cinjau with
13 points. The Cyclones trailed
18-13 after the first quarter
and 34-24 after the first half.
Following a 14-7 run in the
third the Cyclones couldn't stop
Spartans starter Ali Haidar who
took over in the fourth quarter.
He was the leading scorer in the
game with 18 points and came up
with many key rebounds in the
fourth. Other scorers for the
Cyclones included Eric McDonald
(8), Alex DeCarolis (4),
Jake Browning (4), Joe Greenwood
(3) and Mike Harris (1)
"They played very very well,"
Lost in the game was what
happened in the stands during
the battle between the Cyclone's
and Spartans . During a key free
throw by a Cyclones player late
in the game the gym was quiet.
Just as the player was about to
shoot the ball a Spartan parent
made a loud sound (attempting to
distract the shooter). The free
throw missed. Fans of the
Cyclones showed their
displeasure with the parent who
got in a verbal disagreement with
other fans. After the game had
ended parents from both teams
had to be separated because
of the incident.
The only senior boys team left
still playing is St. Clair. They
will host the Windsor
representative at St. Clair
tonight at 7 p.m.