Glendale High School's Gemini senior boys basketball team improved to 7-0 Thursday afternoon with a 55-16 win over Dorchester in Tillsonburg.
Glendale spread the scoring around with six different players on the scoresheet in a 12-4 first quarter – Keiran Rangel, Wes Hoper, Henry Vandenbroek, Steven Gilvesy, Cassius Bailey and Gray Sinden, who had a pair of baskets. Glendale maintained the same scoring pace through the remaining three quarters against the 0-7 Beavers.
Trent Sinden finished with four points, Rangel eight, Ben Demare four, Hopper two, Vandenbroek four, Gilvesy 10, C. Depedesta four, Bailey six, and Gray Sinden 13.
The Gemini have two TVRA East games next week, followed by the exam break, and a makeup game when they get back before playoffs start.
They'd like to continue the season the way they started it – with a championship – in the Chatham-Kent tournament.
"That was a good tournament," said Gemini coach Mike Demaree. "I think that was our very first games that weekend and we played a couple really good teams. We had a good game against Chatham MacGregor in the semifinals and then we won in the final against (Sarnia) St. Pats.
Demaree recalled a scenario last season when they fouled a three-point shooter with almost no time on the clock. Their opponent hit the foul shots and won.
"It was sort of the opposite this time," Demaree smiled. "St. Pats hit a three-point to tie it with six seconds left. Their player, not aware they were tied – he thought they were still down – so he intentionally fouled Trent (Sinden). Trent goes to the line, hits both foul shots and we win by two.
"So we've last that way and we've won that way."
Glendale led the whole way against Sarnia, but St. Pats had a mountainous 6-10 to 6-11 centre who needed close attention.
"All of sudden they started dropping down all these threes in the fourth quarter, and they hit that late one to tie it. We did a really good job on it for the most part in that game. We were 'helping out' a lot, there was more than one guy guarding him. In the fourth when they started knocking down threes they couldn't help out as much, then he got a bunch of points in the end. But we were able to hold on.
"Our defence was phenomenal – it has been all year."
Following Chatham, they lost in the finals of a Stratford St. Mike's tourney and lost to Guelph Lourdes.
"St. Mikes are very good – we played them in that tournament, won by 10-11, and then we played them in the final of the East Elgin tournament just this past weekend, and I think it was a five or six point game."
Glendale ended up winning the Eagles tournament, facing St. Mike's in the final after beating Oakridge in the semifinals and St. Thomas Aquinas in the opener.
"We've got two league games next week – CASS and Ingersoll – then we have a makeup after the exam break. And we have a couple tournaments after the break."
The tournament in Burlington should be interesting, he said, just before playoffs start.
"It's supposed to be a 'Small School Showcase' and they're inviting all the (best) A and AA schools in the province to it. We'll see... I know Chatham MacGregor will be at that one."
"Special invite for that one," nodded coach Mark Hopper.
"You just hope it's what they say it is," said Demaree. "I'm sure it will be a good tournament."