Titans bow out in semifinal round at Hall of Fame Cup

Dave Kearsey
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 CORNER BROOK  The Corner Brook Titans fnished exactly where the team was ranked.

 The Titans, under coaches Frank Foo and Marc Thackray, finished third overall at the 2014 Fall of Fame Cup Elite 8 Basketball Tournament in St. John’s over the weekend.

The Titans bowed out in the semifinal round in a 70-64 loss to Booth Memorial of St. John’s Saturday afternoon.

Booth’s Brett Warren hit a three-point shot with 25 seconds left in the game to give the townies the lead for good.

The Titans overcame a 16-point deficit in the third quarter to take the lead with four minutes left, but the boys couldn’t close the deal.

“The comeback was impressive, though,” coach Thackray said of his team’s effort. “The boys showed lots of fight and determination.”

Tournament all-star Nathan Barker was the top shooter for the Titans with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Thomas Byrne added 13 points to the scoring parade and Mark Rowsell threw in 11.

The Titans posted a 2-0 record in preliminary play with a 91-73 win over Mount Pearl Senior High and a 68-50 triumph over Bishop’s Collegiate.

Mark Rowsell drained 13 points and Graham Kenney, Nathan Barker and Chris Dobbin all threw in a dozen in the victory against Mount Pearl. Daniel Humber shared the spotlight with an 11-point outing.

Barker was a dominant force against Bishop’s with a 23-point performance pushing the Titans to a 2-0 mark.

Thomas Byrne had 13 points for the Titans, while benchmate Tyler Wise finished the game with 12 points.

It took double overtime, but the Gonzaga boys defeated Booth Memorial 83-79 in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Cup boys final Sunday at the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Centre.

MVP Curtis Mullowney scored 27 for Gonzaga.

Tournament all-star Brett Warren had 30 for Booth Memorial in a losing cause.

Meanwhile, Booth Memorial claimed the Hall of Fame Cup female crown with a 55-32 victory over Gonzaga High School.

The Corner Brook Titans managed a 1-2 record on the female side with their only victory coming in a 51-40 decision over Bishop’s. The Titans female hoops team lost 806-26 to St. Kevin’s High of Goulds in its tournament opener before losing 77-32 to Booth Memorial.

Geographic location: Mount Pearl

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