Pasadena Falcons perfect in soar to the top

Dave Kearsey
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The Pasadena Falcons eked out a 59-58 victory over St. Catherine’s Academy of Mount Carmel in a nail-biting finish at the 2014 provincial 3A boys basketball tournament Saturday at Templeton Academy.

Cory Manuel got the nod as player of the game for the Falcons in the championship game that saw the two teams trade punches back and forth on the scoreboard right down to the dying seconds with deafening noise making it hard to even hear the scoreboard horn on occasions as the Falcons capped off a perfect tournament in dramatic fashion.

The Falcons earned a berth in the final by virtue of a 68-56 semifinal victory over the pesky hometown Tigers who gave a gallant effort against a strong Pasadena team that had nine players win a provincial title in their graduating year of high school.

Evan Blake drained 13 points for the Falcons to help send the home team packing, while tournament Most Sportsminded Player Jake O’Shea poured in 12 points to help his team go for the undefeated record on the hardwood.

Patrick Brake, a dominant force on the hardwood all weekend, had a game-high 29 points for the Tigers, while Alex Blanchard supported the offensive punch with 10 points.

St. Catherine’s, 2-0 and first overall in the Maroon Division, earned a shot at gold by downing Laval High 49-41 in semifinal action with Dillon Hanlon collecting 12 points and Johnny Lewis adding 10 to the mix.

The Tigers advanced to the semifinal round after downing New World Island Academy 67-32 in a quarter-final match earlier in the day.

The Falcons’ round-robin wins included an 87-39 decision over New World Island Academy with Jake O’Shea leading the charge with 20 points and Nick Pilgrim collecting 17.

The road to perfection saw Pilgrim rise to the occasion with a 24-point performance and Cory Manuel supporting the cause with 17 points in an 81-64 victory over Laval High.

The Tigers finished with a 1-1 round-robin record compliments of an 85-47 victory over Tricentia Academy of Arnold’s Cove and a lopsided 60-28 loss to St. Catherine’s Academy in its other round-robin showdown.

Organizations: Laval High.The Tigers, Academy of Mount Carmel, New World Island Academy Maroon Division Tricentia Academy of Arnold

Geographic location: Pasadena

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