Championship final Recap
St. Edmund Campion 57 vs London H.B. Beal 43
By Kareem Griffin
Campion came strong out of the gate with a few quick baskets to start the game out with a bang. They established early on that they wanted to get to the line and take the ball to the basket to get high percentage shots. After a minor adjustment by Beal defensively, Campion was called for 3 charges. Those defensive stops, along with 2 big 3 pointers by Beal, allowed them to cut into Campion’s mild lead. Campion seemed rattled at first with the new defensive adjustments. They ended off the first quarter down 15-9 to Beal. Beal’s defence was too strong in the first half. They clogged the lane, not allowing Campion to penetrate through their defence. Whenever Campion managed to get into the paint, a Beal player was there to take the charge. On the offensive end, Beal stretched out Campion and picked their spots within their offence while getting quality shots. It looked like Beal was going to pull away in the first half but Campion’s depth and athleticism was able to keep them in the game. Towards the end of the half, Campion picked up their defence, contesting all shots, boxing out and rebounding. Beal allowed Campion to go on a 9-0 lead to end off the half capping it off with a half-court shot by freshman point guard Joel Brown.
With the game tied at half, both teams came out hungry in the third quarter. It was an offensive battle with Brandon McGlone from Beal hitting three shots from behind the arc. When the momentum seemed like it was going to shift to Beal, Campion Head Coach Omar Miles rallied his troops and made an adjustment to stop Beal’s run. The end of the quarter saw Campion hit a buzzer beating layup to put them up 38-35. The fourth quarter was filled with defensive stops by Campion and they were also able to get out in transition a lot more now as fatigue seemed to kick in for Beal. The athleticism of Campion seemed too much for Beal to contain. The Peel Region squad used on a 9-2 run in the last 1:45 to seal the victory. In a gruelling stretch of games, this contest was the 10th game in 11 days for St. Edmund Campion. This included winning the Xavier Rim Rocker tournament while defeating NPH #2 ranked St. John’s-Kilmarnock, beating a tough St. Roch C.H.S in league play and then winning the Frankie Gyamfi Memorial Tournament. They are going into the Christmas break on a good note. Special thanks to Coach Jonathon Smith and the rest of the George Brown Huskies for putting on a well-run tournament that showcased the talents of our youth.
All Stars MVP
Abel Akle (Beal) CJ Bennett (Campion)
Brandon McGlone (Beal) Defensive MVP
Wilson Torres (Jarvis) Josh Dinh (Beal)
Michael Nuga (Brebeuf) Frankie Gyamfi Award Winner
Joel Brown (Campion) Vincent Wood (Brebeuf)
Albert DaSilva Award
Coach Omar Miles (Campion)
Courtesy Kareem Griffin of In Charge Sports & Entertainment
Photo Courtesy of the George Brown Huskies