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Greyhounds win Provincial title with tenacity and teamwork!!

by Jeff White - Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Junior Varsity boy's basketball team capped off an exceptional season capturing the AAA Provincial title through the same commitment and teamwork they had portrayed throughout the year. Their 64-59 victory over the FHS Black Kats was celebrated at Fredericton High by a high-spirited and loyal group of Hounds family and fans.

The provincial championship weekend allowed the Hounds to showcase their skill, depth and determination by battling four tough opponents within 28 hours. Each opponent was determined to take down the Hounds but the Hounds were not prepared to let things slip away. The Motto for the Weekend was "No one will outwork me today!!"

During their first game, the Hounds came back from a 9 point deficit at the half to defeat the Leo Hayes Lions 78-69 in a tight contest. Next up were the Bernice McNaughton Highlanders, who maintained pressure to hold the Hounds to a 39-39 tie at the half. Even though the Hounds lost 3 players to injuries in the second half, their collective teamwork presented a blitz of offence and defence to clinch a 10 point lead and the eventual 82-72 win.

The team's two wins on Friday set up a semi final matchup with the Riverview Royals at 9:30 am Saturday morning. The Hounds came out flying, nailing 4 three's to start the game and never trailed from that point forward. The Royal's made a few runs at the Hounds but our skill and patience produced a 79-64 win and the berth in the provincial final with Fredericton High.

The provincial final started with a surge from the Black Kats who raced out to a 23-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the 2nd quarter, the Hounds pushed back to regain composure and cut their deficit to 12 points at the half. The 3rd quarter saw the Hounds dig even deeper and begin to create cracks in the FHS game plan, reducing the deficit to 8 at the end of the third. The fourth quarter belonged to the Hounds who kicked it into high gear as did the loyal fans in the stands. With 3:30 left in the game, the Hounds tied it up at 58-58 and the gym erupted to the chants of "SAINT JOHN HIGH! SAINT JOHN HIGH!" In the remaining three minutes, the Black Kats were held to a single point while the Hounds scored 6 to come away with a 64-59 championship victory, gold medal, and provincial banner.

It was a fitting end to an outstanding season that included a 36-1 record; Southern Division Winners (10-0), Regional Tournament Champions (3-0), and 4 Tournament Banners (23-1). An exceptional team created life-long memories for each other, their coaches, parents and proudly, their school.

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