Basketball - Written by Kram Staff on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 23:31 - 1 Comment
Ghosts Kick It Off In Style
Last season the Bishop Grandin Ghosts came within three points of successfully defending the senior boys division one title.
Unfortunately for them, a surging Notre Dame Pride shocked most people and squeaked out a 69-66 win to claim the first ever division one basketball banner for their school.
On Tuesday night the Ghosts had an opportunity to avenge the loss when both teams kicked off a brand new season at Bishop Grandin High School. And boy, did they take away at least some of the sting from that loss thanks to an impressive season-opening 95-59 victory.
“We played two good quarters, the second and the fourth, but we came out slowly in the first and the third,” said Ghosts head coach Mike Henry. “Notre Dame is a good team, played man to man on us in the first and zoned us in the second half so we had to make some adjustments. I thought it was ok.”
6’5″ forward Grant Peters led all scorers with 28 points and 5’11″ forward Austen Hartley added 16 points to pace the Ghosts’ attack.
Biinyam Mengsteab led the Pride’s scoring with 14 points.
After struggling through the first quarter that ended with the Pride holding a 22-20 lead the Ghosts completely took control of every aspect of the game.
“I think they just decided to play,” said Henry. “We didn’t change a thing between the first and the second execpt I think the 20-22 pounding we were taking maybe opened their eyes up a little bit and they decided to start playing a little bit harder and to the level I think they should have been playing at the whole time.”
The Ghosts limited the Pride’s offence to just four points in the second quarter. Combine that with an offence that suddenly caught fire, especially from beyond the 3-point arc, and 12 minutes later the Ghosts held a commanding 51-26 lead.
“We had open looks, open shots,” explained Henry. “We have to work on our spacing and some timing. We’re getting better and I’m hoping to peak at the end of the season, make some adjustments now and go from there.”
The Ghosts kept the pressure up throughout the second half leaving no doubt that they are ready to keep up with the big boys this season.
The Ghosts’ perimeter defenders were brilliant in forcing the Pride’s sharpshooters into contested shots that rarely found the mark. The missed shots were quickly gobbled up their bigs, who did a terrific job of starting off the fast breaks with quick outlet passes.
The offensive attack was led by 6’1″ guard Brayden Daniel. The grade-12 player was brilliant at maintaining an up-tempo pace the entire time he was on the court. His speed created plenty of easy baskets for his teammates, especially Peters, who often found himself alone under the hoop for an easy bucket thanks to a nifty dish from his point guard.
He had an awesome game, he was great defensively,” said Henry. “He’s our best point guard, he’s one of our leaders on the floor and today he did everything right.”
The play of their big man Peters was also something that pleasantly surprised Peters. The powerful post player came out of nowhere to cement himself in the starting lineup, and he makes a living by making smart plays under the basket and being in the right place at the right time.
There’s nothing really fancy about his game, but when it comes to the man patrolling the paint simple and consistent is exactly what a team wants when they’re stacked with players that can hit jumpers.
“He’s been a stud for us all year so far and he’s been a more than a pleasant surprise for all of us,” said Henry. “Last year he sat on the bench quite a bit and we never noticed him. This year, he came back, he grew and got stronger.”
“His game is extremely simple but that’s why he’s very, very good. It’s his strength, he knows it and he doesn’t do what he can’t do.”
More scores from Tuesday night’s action.
Jr Boys Basketball
St. Mary’s 65 Father Lacombe 44
Lord Beaverbrook 63 John G. Diefenbaker 59
Notre Dame 76 Bishop Grandin 62
Western Canada 60 Crescent Heights 52
Sir Winston Churchill 96 Central Memorial 55
William Aberhart 85 Lester B. Pearson 55
James Fowler 60 Queen Elizabeth 48
St. Francis 68 Centennial 43
Bishop McNally 90 Bowness 28
Bishop O’Byrne 88 Henry Wise Wood 28
Jr Girls Basketball
Ernest Manning 65 Bowness 21
Bishop Carroll 61 Western Canada 35
Crescent Heights 51 Queen Elizabeth 45
Forest Lawn 46 Father Lacombe 27
Dr E.P. Scarlett 47 St. Francis 41
Bishop O’Byrne 48 John G. Diefenbaker 30
William Aberhart 59 Sir Winston Churchill 26
St. Martin de Porres 73 James Fowler 13
Sr Boys Basketball
Bishop Grandin 95 Notre Dame 59
Lord Beaverbrook 88 John G. Diefenbaker 63
Bishop O’Byrne 108 Henry Wise Wood 85
St. Mary’s 83 Father Lacombe 66
Centennial 69 St. Francis 64
Lester B. Pearson 63 William Aberhart 37
Bishop McNally 102 Bowness 59
James Fowler 75 Queen Elizabeth 56
Crescent Heights 70 Western Canada 52
Sir Winston Churchill 91 Central Memorial 31
Sr Girls Basketball
Ernest Manning 62 Bowness 50
William Aberhart 55 Sir Winston Churchill 53
Crescent Heights 52 Queen Elizabeth 33
Dr E.P. Scarlett 52 St. Francis 51
Western Canada 58 Bishop Carroll 43
James Fowler 43 St. Gabriel 39