It will be interesting to see how this area's three entries come out in their first games at the CWOSSA quad-A senior basketball championship in Brantford.
The St. Mary's Eagles, Sir John A. Macdonald Highlanders and Cameron Heights Golden Gaels participated in crazy games on Wednesday and it's hard to believe the results won't have an impact on their CWOSSA performances.
St. Mary's needed a gutsy come-from-behind effort to defeat Guelph's John F. Ross Royals 82-72 in a CWOSSA play-in game. The Eagles trailed at halftime and didn't really put this game away until the final 90 seconds.
Expect the closer-than-expected result to help the Eagles at CWOSSA.
They aren't invincible this weekend and that will be fresh in every player's mind as the Eagles take on Cameron Heights in their opener.
Speaking of the Golden Gaels, it will be interesting to see how they respond to the 70-24 pounding they took in Wednesday's night's WCSSAA final loss to SJAM.
The Highlanders put this one to bed early and the Gaels, it would be fair to say, have nothing to build on from the loss.
They were badly outplayed and will need to be a completely different team to have any chance against the Eagles.
They have nowhere to go but up.
SJAM, featuring three-point hero Miki Maslenjak, will take on Brantford Assumption in its first game.
The key for the Highlanders will be to play at or near the level they did in the WCSSAA final.
They should be OK if they can pull that off.
I think they will.
Here's the draw, with St. Mary's listed as "qualifier."
Two teams will move on to OFSAA.
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Speaking of Maslenjak, check out this post by Mark Yolkowski of cwossabasketball.com.