Titans at No. 3 in second set of Elite Eight high school hoops rankings

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Coach Frank Foo runs a practice during a Corner Brook Regional High Titans tryout in October 2013. — Star photo by Chris Quigley

CORNER BROOK  They’re below two teams they haven’t defeated and above five teams they have.

It’s hard to argue with the Corner Brook Regional High Titans’ placement at No. 3 in the second set of Elite Eight provincial high school boys basketball rankings released by the Newfoundland and Labrador Basketball Association on Thursday.

“We’re pretty happy with our position,” said coach Frank Foo. “Especially considering we’ve got a fairly young team.”

A large roster turnover from last season, with only two returning players, tempered Foo’s expectations for the squad this year. At the beginning of the season, he was simply hoping the team could cling to the eighth spot and qualify for February’s Hall of Fame Cup tournament.

“Now we’re up there,” he said. “Anything can happen.”

Featuring new players and a different offensive scheme, the Titans have adapted quickly, which Foo credits to the basketball “system” at the Corner Brook high school.

“All they needed was a bit of experience,” he said. “A bit of fine-tuning.”

This season’s first test was the annual Wendy’s Classic tournament on the east coast in November, in which the Titans defeated Mount Pearl and Holy Heart, before dropping the championship game to Gonzaga. December’s Sweet 16 Invitational followed, where the Titans beat Holy Heart and Bishop’s College, but were again toppled by Gonzaga, this time in the semifinal round.

Most recently, earlier this month, the team was in St. John’s again for the Keith Keating Memorial tournament, outlasting O’Donel and Holy Spirit, along with a provincial high performance youth squad, before the power outages that plagued the province ended things prematurely.

“Our team is getting better with each tournament and they know they can play against anyone,” he said. “It takes away the fear and puts in some confidence.”

Basketball is currently on hold during the mid-term exam time period, but the team will compete in a Winter Carnival tournament here in Corner Brook in mid-February, which will serve as a warm-up of sorts to the Hall of Fame Cup at the end of that month.

Of course, that’s under the assumption the squad still ranks among the top eight boys teams in the province when the final list is released on Feb. 11.

Though the Titans are unable to do much in the meantime to improve their position, Foo feels it’s unlikely they’ll drop any either, barring an upset win by a team below them against a team above them.

Ultimately, he’s hoping it’s his Titans who are pulling off any such shocker.

“In a one-game elimination, let’s hope that luck will turn our way,” he said.

 

 

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Basketball Association

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Mount Pearl

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