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SWOSSAA ‘AAA’ Senior Boys Basketball Final
March 3, 2009

photos and highlights
by Kyle MacKinnon

The St, Clair Colts managed to keep it close against the Windsor Herman Green Griffins in the SWOSSA senior boys basketball final but it wasn't enough as the Griffins hit key shots down the stretch to win 72-63.

" (The other coaches and I) asked after the game what we could have done differently and we said, 'nothing,'" Colts coach Peter Kaija said after the game.

"We executed our game plan and keyed on their three top players. We didn't expect their other guys to hit the shots they did. And them going 95 per cent from the free throw line didn't help."

Again the Colts were led by fifth year players Jim Purves (13 points), Joel Clarke (14) and Karel Van Klaveren (17).

The Griffins were led by Matt Barker with 17 points.

The Colts actually led after the first quarter 14-13. But trailed by two at the half 33-31.

Both teams came out flying in the third quarter running the floor and attacking the basket.

The Colts even took the lead with 2:36 left in the quarter 46-45.

But the Griffins drained a three points just seconds later and never relinquished the lead.

Herman (from Windsor) out scored the Colts 20-18.

In the fourth the Colts began to close the gap but they couldn't get over the hump.

The Griffins will now move on to compete for the Ontario championship.

"We probably aren't going to be here (in the SWOSSA finals) for a long time," Kaija said.

"By no means are we disappointed we got this far."

The fact that the Colts lose Purves, Clarke, Van Klaveren as well as Nathan Page and Stephen Nickels doesn't help with the loss to Herman.

The Colts coach said that each senior played a different role on the team but their talent and leadership was what led their team to the SWOSSA finals.

In the junior boys SWOSSA finals the St. Christopher's Cyclones lost the the Kennedy Clippers (score not available at time of posting).

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