Just as the Centre Wellington Falcons started to give the undefeated John F. Ross Royals a run for their money in the District 10 junior boys basketball finals Friday, a steal by Ross’s Mo Hussien stole the momentum from the Falcons and gave it back to the Royals.
And the rest was history.
The Falcons opened the second half of the final with a flurry, taking mere moments to cut an eight-point halftime deficit down to four. The underdog Falcons, who were 10-4 on the season, had the ball and they were looking to make a further dent into the lead held by the mighty Royals, who were 14-0 in the regular season.
But Hussien had other ideas as he plucked the ball from the Falcons’ hands and raced in for an easy layup. Ross would go on a 10-1 run after that layup and would hold a double-digit lead the rest of the game on their way to a 45-35 win that gave them the championship and a perfect D10 season.
Hussien was named Ross’s game MVP while Josh McEachren took the honours for the Falcons.
The victorious Royals are: Mo Hussien, Harris Cornett, Michael Thomsen, Tommy Yanchus, Kyle Schroeder, Jake Grant, Jeremy Morales, Vlad Vamanu, Daniel Street, Andrew Folkerson, Greg Schwan, Mobin Binawa, Nathan Earley, Simon Vandevorst, Caelen Ahluwalia. Coaches: Charles Douglas, Brendan Higgins, Chris Muller. Managers: Ellie Marianai, Rowan Bourdeau.