This was a good match of teams separated by 2300 km. Sturgeon had a tough first game on the day it travelled and fell by 6 to Handsworth. Now it hoped to redeem that tough travel day with a win over your loyal correspondent’s alma mater (Class of 19xx i.e.none of your business).
Score at the half: 25-20 in favour of Byng. Sturgeon’s Kernaghan led all scorers with 12 points including 3 for 3 from the foul line.
Just as Byng was stretching its lead in the third quarter Sturgeon had a 5-0 run fuelled by a string of Ghostly turnovers. However U. Vic bound Grey Ghost Skylar MacDonald nailed a 3 to restore an 8 point lead. Sturgeon was far from finished laying out some solid defence. With 4 minutes left in the third Byng’s Reimer came on and the offence kicked up again. A couple of Reimer free throws stretched the lead to 10 until a sweet lay-up by Sturgeon’s #6 enlivened the assembled. However, at the end of 3 quarters it was 42-32 in Byng’s favour.
The last frame began with what felt like a let down for the pre-historic fish just as the Ghosts ramped it up. The gap of 10 was steady oscillating 2 points either way. But then… Sturgeon #4 nailed a three and some other stuff happened and the lead was reduced to 4 with 4 min to go. Then Byng’s MacDonal took over and both scored on an athletic drive to the hoop and, off a Sturgeon, turnover, dished to a teammate and the lead was 6.
With a minute to go and down by 4 Sturgeon missed a three and lost the rebound ball on the possession arrow. Then Byng turned it over on a time clock violation and Sturgeon drove down for the foul and made both shots. The with 9 seconds to go Sturgeon got the ball back on the arrow and was fouled, Made both! Yikes. 6 sec. left and Sturgeon down by 1. They had to fouls and did but with 1 second to go. Not much to work with. Final 54-52 Byng.
Final Score: Lord Byng 54, Sturgeon Heights 52
Player-of-the-Game: Skylar MacDonald
Byng: MacDonal with 13
Sturgeon: Kernaghan 26 (including 9 for 10 FTs)