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Crusaders Defend Blackball Title

Orillia | by Ken Hashizume  

Nicholson College beat OSS 59-50 in the senior final

The Nicholson Catholic College Crusaders are the 2017 Blackball champions.
They defended their Senior Boys title with a 59-50 win over the Orillia Secondary School Nighthawks in Saturday's championship final at OSS.
The Crusaders (from Belleville) led from start to finish building leads of 11-7 after the first quarter and 28-22 at the half.
Despite having the size differential, the Nighthawks were not able to match Nicholson's perimeter shooting.
OSS did close the gap to 1 point on two occasions in the second half including trailing 50-49 with over 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter.
Calum Bechervaise led the Crusaders with 18 points, Mark Coates and Kolya Jelvvac each had 15.
Hunter Murphy scored 17 points while Pierson French added another 15 for the Nighthawks.

The Eastview Wildcats beat Huntsville Hoyas to win the Junior title.


Click on audio to hear Ken Hashizume's post-game interview with Nighthawks forward Pierson French.

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