Titans golden on hardwood for second-straight provincial championship run

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Published on April 13, 2014

Corner Brook Regional High Titans' Arshia Kazerouni, right, drives past Patrick Walsh of the Lewisporte Collegiate Lynx during the West Coast Provincial Grade 11 Boys Basketball final at Elwood High in Deer Lake Sunday, April 13, 2014. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

Published on April 13, 2014

Nathan Barker, left, of Corner Brook Regional High was chosen tournament most valuable player and Andrew Snow of Lewisporte Collegiate the most dedicated and sportmanlike player. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

Published on April 13, 2014

The Corner Brook Regional High Titans' won West Coast Provincial Grade 11 Boys Basketball championship defeating Lewisporte 81-47 in the final played at Elwood High in Deer Lake Sunday, April 13, 2014. Team members include, from left, (front) Arshia Kazerouni, Will O'Driscoll, Chris Hughes, Nathan Barker, Luke House and Ethan Allen: (back) assistant coach Reg Barker, teacher/sponsor Jim Hughes, Tyler Wise, Brandon Bragg and Chris Dobbin, Matt Hancock and coach Dean Barker. Missing were Chris Bennett and Jacob Matthews. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

Nathan Barker gets MVP award in back-to-back championships

DEER LAKE  Nathan Barker has two provincial basketball crowns and two MVP awards to his credit in back-to-back weekends on the hardwood.

It’s no wonder he’s considered by many in the know as the best high school basketball player in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Barker drained a game-high 21 points and got the nod as tournament Most Valuable Player as the Corner Brook High Titans Level 1 squad downed the Lewisporte Collegiate Lynx 81-47 in the gold-medal showdown Sunday morning at the Elwood High School gymnasium.

Christopher Dobbin drained 16 points for the champions, while Tyler Wise supported the offensive surge with a 13-point outing.

Philip Osmond collected 17 points for the Lynx in a losing cause at the Elwood High gymnasium.

Barker and company went undefeated to claim the crown at the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador West Coast Provincial Grade 11 Boys Basketball Tournament in Deer Lake.

Last weekend, Barker won MVP honours as the Titans Level 1 squad proved to be a force on the hardwood by winning the provincial Grade 10 A boys basketball banner.

The champs, with coach Dean Barker at the helm, earned a berth in the final by virtue of a 78-38 triumph over Gander Collegiate in one of two semifinal games played Saturday at the Elwood High gymnasium.

Barker had 16 points to lead the charge for the undefeated champions, whilWise shared the limelight with 14 and Dobbin threw in a 13-point contribution.

Dave Summens collected 13 points for the Gander entry.

The Lynx earned a showdown with the Titans after downing the hometown Lakers 65-55 in the other semifinal encounter Saturday evening.

Andrew Snow  and Philip Osmond had 13 points apiece for the Lynx, while Daniel Rowsell threw in 11 and Dante Hiscock netted 10.

The following is a look at how things unfolded on the hardwood during quarter-final and round-robin rounds at the West Coast Provincial Grade 11 Boys Basketball Tournament in Deer Lake over the weekend:

Quarter-final round

Gander Collegiate 88, Exploits Valley High 80

Ibby Dogar had 22 points for the Exploits Valley High boys.

Lewisporte Collegiate Lynx 55, Stephenville High Spartans 44

Andrew Snow was the big gun for the Lynx with a 16-point performance.

Andew Patten drained 14 for the Spartans.

Round-robin

Elwood High Lakers 62, Stephenville High Spartans 46

Andrew Moss and Matt Hiscock had 20 points apiece for the hometown Lakers at the Elwood High gymnasium in the tournament opener Friday.

Brayden Legge poured in 17 points for the Spartans.

Corner Brook High Titans 93, Exploits Valley High 56

Tyler Wise paved the way for the Titans — winners of the provincial Grade 10 boys basketball crown last weekend — with a 12-point performance on the hardwood.

Ibby Dogar drained a game-high 24 points for Exploits Valley representatives.

Elwood High Lakers 62, Gander Collegiate 50

Andrew Moss was a dominant force for the Lakers with a 27-point performance.

Ryan Mouland was the top scorer for the Gander boys with 10 points.

Corner Brook High Titans 84, Lewisporte Collegiate Lynx

Nathan Barker and Tyler Wise had 22 points apiece as the Titans tame the Lynx in the first meeting of the two finalists.

Donte Hiscock drained 14 for the Lynx in a losing cause.

Gander Collegiate 64, Stephenville High Spartans 51

Andrew Patten was the big gun for the Gander guys with a 17-point outing.

Lewisporte Collegiate Lynx 70, Exploits Valley High 61

Andrew Snow had a game-high 31 points to  lead the Lynx to victory.

Ibby Dogar had 22 points for the opposing bench.

Organizations: Exploits Valley High 61Andrew Snow, Corner Brook High Titans Level 1, Elwood High School Lakers Spartans.Corner Brook High Titans 93

Geographic location: DEER LAKE, West Coast, Newfoundland and Labrador.Barker Newfoundland and Labrador Deer Lake.Last Exploits Valley

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