By Darryl G. Smart
Ben VanRooy picked a fine time to have himself a big half of basketball.
With he and the rest of the Holy Trinity Catholic High School Titans clinging on to a one-point halftime lead, the Grade 11 student took over the Norfolk Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys basketball final.
He scored eight points in the third quarter and nine in the fourth to lead the Titans to a 69-58 win over the Simcoe Composite School Sabres to claim the NSSAA senior boys hoops title.
In total, VanRooy poured in 30 to lead all scorers, while Aaron Figaro added 21, Sylas Brown netted five, with Justus Anderson, and Rob Splinter pitching in with four. Ben Williamson added one point.
The Titans victory was also the tiebreaker between the two rivals, who defeated the other during the regular season.
The Titans will now head to Guelph on February 28 and 29, for the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association AA championships.
The third-place Delhi Raiders will vie for the CWOSSA A title February , 29 in Walkerton.
In the junior final, the Simcoe Sabres completed the perfect season in Norfolk, defeating the DDSS Raiders 43-33 to capture the NSSAA junior boys basketball title.
Joe Thwaites led the way for the Sabres with 13 points, while Emmerson Reece scored 11. Jared Fick scored seven, Evan Davis had six, Kyler Pehlke netted four, and Alex Auld added three points.
Liam Ward led the Raiders with a 11 point effort, while Nathan Trickett, and
Ty Dejanghe each netted six. Nolan Griffin scored five points, Nick Klassen had three, and Aaron Harina added a pair.
With the NSSAA junior boys basketball title in tote, the Sabres will now battle for the CWOSSA AA title in Guelph, while the Raiders will go to Walkerton for the CWOSSA A championship. Both tournaments are February 28, 29.