The John Rennie Tigers came away with a home win over the Beurling Academy Boobcats by a 72-53 score in GMAA Juvenile Boys’ Basketball last Wednesday afternoon. “I wish they would bounce back a little better,” Tigers coach Eli Addis said. “Especially on the offensive basket, we are a small team and the rebounds could be a problem. But overall I’m really happy with them.
The Tigers were on the prowl from the start of the game and took a 24-7 lead late in the first quarter. The Bobcats pulled off that rough start and rushed to the hardwoods to carve out a place in the Tigers’ 17-point cushion.
At the end of the half, Rennie was still ahead, but only eight points as they entered the break leading 34-26. The third quarter was the best segment of the game as the two teams traded buckets. With 2:27 left in the third, the Bobcats managed to get closer to the Five Tigers before Rennie took the lead with a 52-43 advantage going into the final quarter. “I’m glad they came out and put in the effort,” said Bobcats coach Vonrick Hoyte. “It’s their first game, for some it’s their very first game and at the juvenile stage. A lot of them are midget level, but here we are.
The home side got some pointers in the fourth, outscoring the visitors 20-10 for the win. “I don’t mind being on the ground,” said coach Hoyte. “We’re like teams like Toronto. We go down then we come back. I tell them don’t give up, don’t give up.
Ryan Charles of Beurling Academy was a force to be reckoned with in the loss as he amassed 37 points. Charles hit for five three-pointers and was 4 for 4. When Rennie scored, Charles generally had a quick in-kind response.
The Tigers had a trio of double-digit scorers led by Devon Alleyne who scored 24 points, including a quartet of treys. Christopher King contributed with 17 points while Justin Castelli contributed 13 points to the cause.