The high school basketball season got underway, Monday, with the Seaway Spartans getting mixed results. Both were in close matches with the Char-Lan Crusaders that resulted with the Spartans coming up with a 40-36 win at the Junior level and a 39-36 loss at the Senior level.
The Junior Spartans got a quick jump on their opponents, and at the half time mark were up 21-10. But in the second half the Crusaders turned it up a notch to close the gap to 31-23 at three quarter time. They really gained momentum in the final eight minutes to get it to 39-36.
That was it however. Ben Lapier counted the final Spartan point from the free throw line for the 40-36 win.
Shawn Dowson had a big game for the Spartans with 17 points. Hunter Amiin added eight and Lapier six.
Ben Dirven was the top Char-Lan shooter with 15 points.
This year’s Junior Spartans are all midget age with the exception of Kaden Burton and Ben Lapier who are returning juniors.
“It’s always good to start the season with a win,” said coach Mark Lewis. “We have the height this year, but we aren’t as quick. We have a great group of kids. They are keen and eager to learn.”
At the senior level, coach Matt Lundvall is working with a young team that includes just two grade 12 players. The remainder all played junior ball last year.
Monday’s game, was a close affair from start to finish. At half time it was tied 19-19, and at the end of the third quarter, the Spartans were ahead 29-28.
The final quarter went to the Crusaders. While the Spartans got stuck at 29, the Crusaders pushed their point total to 34-29, before Travis Barkley finally got the Spartans rolling with two points from the free throw line.
It was back and fourth from then on as the Spartans pressed to catch up, but time ran out with the Crusaders posting the win 39-36.
Keane VanDodewaard counted 10 points for the Spartans, and Aaron Smith, Randy Keller and Griffin Patterson all chipped in with eight.
Brennan Seguin had a 15 point game for Char-Lan.
Next week the Spartans travel meet La Citadelle.