Lancers fall to Ste Famille in OFSAA consolation final
by Randy Pascal
A decent run for the Lasalle Lancers would come to an end, in Sault Ste Marie, on Wednesday as the NOSSA "AA" Boys Basketball champions advanced
to the consolation final before dropping a 53-45 decision to the Ste Famille Cougars from Mississauga.
Following an opening 62-47 win over Crescent, the Lancers were beaten 64-49 by the Glendale Gemini from Tillsonburg. Lasalle captured the first quarter
(16-11), but could not sustain that pace, trailing 45-36 heading into the final quarter of play.
Jack Demaree paced the winners with a 30-point outing, with Noah LaPierre countering with 27 for the locals. Lasalle rebounded nicely just
a few hours later, leading from start to finish and disposing of the St Mary's Crusaders from Hamilton by a final score of 71-44.
LaPierre once again showed the way for the Lancers, netting 25 points, with Nick Hamilton the top man for St Mary's at fifteen. Coach Kyle
Beers and company continued to roll the next morning, eliminating the St James Lions from Guelph, 57-48, as LaPierre bumped his totals up by
another 22 points.
Alex Durigon replied with 16 in a losing cause for the Lions, who led 30-26 at the half but were victimized by a 15-6 third quarter run by the
Lancers. The win ascended the Lasalle lads to a matchup with Ste Famille, coming off a 60-47 win over Crescent.
Unfortunately, the orange and black picked a bad time to unveil an ice cold opening half, scoring only 14 points, including just three in the second
quarter as the Cougars jumped out to a 33-14 lead.
The Lancers made a game of it, winning both the third (13-7) and fourth quarters (18-13), but the early deficit was too much to overcome, as the
Sudbury reps were saddled with a 53-45 loss.
Little surprise that Noah LaPierre again was the offensive catalyst with 25 points, giving the graduating 123 points in five games. He is expected to
make a decision within the next 4-6 weeks on his destination of choice for the 2017-2018 U Sport season.