Byrne powers Level 2 Titans to long-awaited Winterfest win

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Corner Brook Regional High Titans’ Thomas Payne, right, drives to the basket with Elwood High Lakers’ Jon Guy on his heels during the Winterfest B final Tuesday. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

Stormy weather wiped out the Male B Division final of the Winterfest 2014 Basketball Tournament more than once, but the Corner Brook Regional High Level 2 Titans finally emerged as champions on Tuesday.

Originally slotted for Sunday, Feb. 16, a large dumping of snow first bumped the game between the Level 2 Titans and Elwood High Lakers to Tuesday, Feb. 18. Unfortunately, that date also had to be rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 20. Weather again wreaked havoc with the plan, forcing the game to be moved once more to Tuesday afternoon at the Corner Brook Regional High School gymnasium. This time nature cooperated, allowing the Level 2 Titans to defeat the Lakers 61-51.

Thomas Byrne had a game-high 27 points for the victors, while Ryan Rose scored nine and Corey Hepditch and Brady Cook both contributed seven points.

Matt Hiscock paced the Lakers’ attack with 19 points, with Lucas Hoyles, David Hardy and Andrew Moss all racking up seven points apiece.

The first quarter saw the Titans jump out to a 22-6 lead on the strength of 10 points from Byrne, but Hiscock got the Lakers back into it with 10 points of his own in the second, leaving the score 27-21 at half-time.

Byrne was strong again in the third, scoring 12 of his team’s 19 points in the quarter to give them a comfortable lead going into the fourth.Though the Lakers outscored the Titans 24-15 in the final quarter, they were unable to bridge the gap completely before time expired.

After the game, Byrne admitted the uncertainty of when the game was actually going to be played was difficult to overcome, particularly for players like him, who travelled with the senior Titans to St. John’s over the weekend for the Hall of Fame Cup. He played in and finished an entirely different tournament before getting the chance to complete this one.

“It was pretty hard,” he said. “We were prepared to play the game, but we were never sure when we were going to play the game.”

The nature of the game — with the Titans dominating the first and third quarters and the Lakers owning the second and fourth — was the result of fluctuating energy levels between the two clubs, Byrne said.

“We got off to a good start, but we lost energy and they got off to a nice run in the second,” he said. “Then we came back and we managed to pull through.

“I think we played really well overall,” he added. “But we could’ve played better in the fourth.”

Organizations: Lakers, Corner Brook Regional High School

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