Upper Canada College’s varsity basketball team finished off another strong season earlier this week at the inaugural Ridley College March Madness Tournament in St. Catharines, Ont.
The Blues started off against a strong Thornlea group that just barely missed out on a trip to OFSAA this year. The Blues battled hard but, in the end, fell by a score of 49-38. Next up for the boys was Clarkson Prep out of Mississauga, which presented a tall challenge for the Blues. The boys again used some stout defence and timely shooting to keep it close, but couldn’t pull ahead and lost 58-45.
The third game of the tournament saw the Blues take on a talented Cardinal Newman team from Stoney Creek, which had defeated the Blues earlier in the season at the Heinbuch Classic. The Blues came out determined and wanting to avenge the earlier loss. They led from start to finish and earned a 60-36 victory.
The final day of the tournament had the Blues facing off against the host and current CISAA champions, the Ridley Tigers, for the sixth time this season. Both teams battled, and seniors on both sides enjoyed the opportunity to play against a familiar foe one last time. Ridley pulled away in the end, earning a 53-35 victory.
The Blues then played their final game of the season against A.N Meyer out of the Niagara region at the Meridien Centre. They refused to end the season on a bad note and competed hard from start to finish, pulling out a 55-44 win.
This tournament capped off what was a strong season for the Blues. The team ended the season with a 21-17 overall record, multiple tournament finals appearances and a tournament championship, all while competing against some of the best teams from around the province.
Heartfelt thanks go to coaches Christian Heffernan, Adam Harnack, Chris Tugman and Larry Lajeunesse for all of their time, support and dedication to this team this year.
Congratulations also to all of the boys, with a special final farewell to the seniors who’ve contributed so much over the years to the UCC basketball program. Thanks to Jeff Van den Berghe, Matt Parsons, Jordan Rao, Sebastian Murrell, Isaac Benjamin, Hunter Okubasu, Devonte Case and Mattia Colangelo for their determination and commitment.