Crescent’s annual Friday Night Lights Basketball match on January 31, 2020 saw the Crescent Coyotes earn a hard-fought win over North Toronto, paving their way to a place in the finals in Crescent’s Winter Invitational Tournament.
With 16 teams representing some of the best high school basketball players in Ontario, the competition was fierce at the two-day tournament.
“Our goal for this tournament is to bring together teams that are committed to excellence and character in their players,” says Ari Hunter, head coach of Crescent’s Senior D1 Basketball team. “We could not have asked for a better lineup this year. Thank you to all the coaches, players and families for making this such a great experience for all the boys.”
In the finals, Crescent faced the Gaels, 10-time OFSAA medallists from Hamilton’s Cathedral High School, who are currently undefeated in their league in Hamilton. The final score was 70-63 for Crescent.
“Entering the finals as the clear underdog, we knew we were in for a tough game,” says Jonathan Arendt, assistant coach of Crescent’s Senior D1 Basketball team. “They showed amazing spirit and resilience to earn this historic win for our program.”
Individual players awarded at the tournament were:
MVP: Tega Ajise - Crescent School
S. Campbell - Crescent School
M. Maganda - Cathedral High School, Hamilton
N. Johnston - Westview Centennial Secondary School, Toronto
S. Annanosingh - Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School, Burlington
N. Kotosovolos - LaSalle Secondary School, Kingston
The Coyotes play next at a tournament in Burlington on February 7 and 8. Then, “our goal is to play for a medal at the OFSAA Boys’ AA tournament in March,” says Hunter.