Jr. Spartans pick up 57-38 win

17 points for Seaway Spartans’ forward Ben Lapier. (The Leader/Blancher photo)

IROQUOIS – Another tri-meet at home, and another win. The Seaway Spartans junior basketball team picked up a much-needed win, their second of the season, defeating the Tagwi Warriors at Seaway District High School January 11th.

The Jr. Spartans took an early seven point lead after the first quarter, and by halftime, led the Warriors 27-11.

Tagwi tried to battle back in the second half, but solid defending on the court by Ben Lapier, Adam Tibben and Aodhan Lowson kept the Warriors at bay. Seaway outshot Tagwi in three of the four quarters and drew even with Tagwi in the fourth.

Lapier had his best game of the season landing three three-pointers and four baskets, leading the team with 17 points. Lowson had 12 points in the game, all two pointers, Tibben had 10 points and was zero-for-two from the foul line. Sam Henderson, Dominic Worthington, Brendan Shaver, James Szuky, and Kolby Latulippe all scored for Seaway in the 57-38 win.

“The team played really well against Tagwi,” coach Bob Thompson told The Leader. “It was a good effort by many of the players on the team.”

In the other match of the day, the Jr. Spartans lost to the La Citadelle Patriotes 64-31.

The Spartans kept pace with the Patriotes in the first quarter and trailed by only one point, 11-10. In the second quarter, the Patriotes were only able to build a four point lead. Seaway trailed La Citadelle 21-17.

A huge second half effort by the Patriotes, combined with Lapier fouling out of the game, had the Patriotes outscore the Spartans 43-14.

Tibben led the team with eight points, while Henderson and Lowson each had seven points in the game.

“La Citadelle’s junior program is tough,” Thompson said. “They came on strong in the third quarter and we couldn’t beat them.”

The Spartans currently sit in seventh place in SDG county league play with a record of two wins, four losses.

Seaway returns to the basketball court for their final two games of the season February 7th, after the exam break. They take on the North Dundas Devils and the Glengarry Gaels.

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