Spartans tip off season with win

Jr. Spartan Adam Tibben (#45) with this jumper in the third quarter. (The Leader/Blancher photos)

IROQUOIS – The Seaway Spartans junior boys basketball team took control of their season opening game against the CCVS Raiders, resulting in a 50-23 win for the team. Seaway hosted CCVS in Iroquois November 29th.

The opening minutes of the game began, as most season openers do, with a very low score. Seaway led the Raiders 5-3 half way through the first quarter. As the Spartans got used to the court, and instruction from new head coach Bob Thompson, the team picked up speed, and points. The Spartans led the Raiders 9-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Seaway broke out in the second quarter, out scoring CCVS 17-6. Aodhan Lowson, Adam Tibben, Sam Henderson, Stefan Kronstal, and Max Romero Sales each contributing to the scoring effort. At half time, the Spartans led the Raiders 26-12.

Seaway continued to lead in the third quarter. Lowson added six points including two singles from the free-throw line. The Spartans outscored the Raiders 12-7 and led 38-19 into the final quarter.

The Spartans did not let up in the final eight minutes of the game, putting up 12 more points. A solid defensive effort by Seaway kept CCVS from scoring and forced several turnovers. They held the Raiders to just four points. Seaway beat CCVS 50-23.

“They really ran the floor,” Thompson told The Leader after the game. “They’re exciting to watch out there, they have a lot of energy.”

Lowson led the Spartans in scoring with 14 points. Tibben followed with nine points, Brendan Shaver and Josh Broad each had three-pointers in the game. Shaver netted his in the fourth quarter from the far corner with nothing but net; Broad’s was in the first quarter.

Coach Bob Thompson addresses the Jr. Spartans team.
Sr. Spartan Hunter Amlin (center) sizes up for a shot.

Sr. Spartans fall to Raiders

While the junior Spartans found success in their opening game, the same could not be said for the senior Spartans team which also played against the Raiders.

The Raiders took an early 10-9 lead in the first quarter. Jayden Rowe led the Spartans in scoring with four points for the team.

CCVS took a commanding lead in the second quarter, out-shooting Seaway 17-6. At half time the Spartans trailed the Raiders 27-15.

The Spartans were held to just four points in each of the next two quarters as the Raiders went on to win 47-23.

“Seaway ran the floor well,” Thompson said. “We didn’t get the offensive chances at the net we wanted, but that will come. Our practices have been working on defence and conditioning. We’re going to work on the offence plays.”

Thompson said that he expects the Double A schools, CCVS, St. Joe’s and Holy Trinity to be strong competition, along with Single A powerhouse St. Lawrence.

“The schedule is tough,” he said. “We face all the Double A teams before the Christmas Break.”

Hunter Amlin led the Spartans with seven points and went one-for-two from the free-throw line. Rowe had six points in the effort while Ben Lapier had three points.

Up next

Both junior and senior Spartan teams traveled to Williamstown to take on the Char-Lan Crusaders December 4th. Results from those games were unavailable at press time.

Seaway plays host to the St. Lawrence Saints December 13th, and visit the Holy Trinity Falcons December 20th.

Since you’re here…

… Thanks for reading this article. Local news is important. We hope that you continue to support local news by reading The Leader, online and in print. Please consider subscribing to the print edition of the newspaper. Click here to subscribe today.