Rideau wins OFSAA hoops opener

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It was a good start for Rideau District High School.

The Lions won their opening game of the Ontario boys basketball A championships (also known as OFSAA) in North Bay on Monday afternoon. Rideau, which is the #11 seed, defeated #9 seed Aldershot from Burlington 63-47.

Aldershot – also known as the Lions – jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Rideau scored 13 of the next 15 points and led 14-9 at the end of the first quarter. Rideau was up 30-26 at halftime and 42-33 after three quarters.

With the win, Rideau advances to play Prince Edward Collegiate Institute from Picton on Tuesday morning at 9. Prince Edward, the #8 seed, defeated Atikokan 63-31 on Monday morning.

Win or lose, Rideau’s next game would be at 3 on Tuesday afternoon.

The Rideau team includes Hunter Bresee, Hayden Burns, Lucas Burns, Silas Burns, Cameron Dowsley, Kyle Ewart, Brady Scott, Cameron Scott, Blain Wells, Brett Wells, Curran Westwater, head coach Scott Burns and assistant coaches Jesse Burns and Tom Burns.


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Rideau won the silver medal at the Eastern Ontario (EOSSAA) A championships in Perth last month and qualified for the provincials.

In its first OFSAA game on Monday, EOSSAA champion Perth tied Villanova College 54-54 with 15.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The school from King City scored on a lay-up with less than a second on the clock and won 56-54. Perth went on to play early Monday evening; the Blue Devils defeated Gravenhurst 74-40 and will take on #4 Notre Dame from Ottawa on Tuesday at noon.

The provincial tournament wraps up on Wednesday. Please visit recorder.ca for updates.

Rideau won OFSAA gold in 2002. Almonte was last year’s Ontario boys basketball A champion.