MAPLE RIDGE – Despite a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter, the North Dundas Devils senior boys’ basketball team made the game’s final seconds interesting last week.
Played on the hardcourt at the Maple Ridge school Tues., Dec. 18, the Devils and visiting Char-Lan Crusaders played to a 10-10 tie in the first quarter. North Dundas took off in the second, outscoring Char-Lan 12-2.
The third featured a bit more parity, with the Devils putting up eight points to the Crusaders’ six, yet North Dundas still held an advantage on the scoreboard.
It was the fourth quarter where the Devils defence started to unravel.
The Devils went in with a 30-18 lead. Char-Lan’s offence, however, finally came alive.
Crusaders’ guard Jack Cayer drained 11 of his team’s 18 points in the quarter, while North Dundas clung to its earlier lead and rounded out the game with eight points, five of them coming in the final minutes.
“It wasn’t pretty, but ended well,” head coach Ryan Wilkes said.
Ian Koch paced the Devils offence with 20 points, while Cam Sherrer followed with six.
Matt Roach had a four-point afternoon, Seth Christoffersen drained three, and Zach Hamilton and Mitchell Walker had two points each. Curtis Bell sank on free-throw opportunity.
Juniors’ troubles continue
In four games to date, the Devils junior boys’ basketball has been outscored by its opponents 211-94.
The stale offense continued Dec. 18 against the Char-Lan Crusaders.
North Dundas was outgunned in the first three quarters, trailing 35-14. The Devils saw an offensive spark in the fourth quarter, besting Char-Lan 10-7, though the Crusaders led where it counted.
The Devils are now winless to start the season, with Char-Lan taking a 42-24 victory.
Erich Koch was leading scorer for North Dundas, draining 11 baskets, while Curtis Bowman had four, and James Young and Ewan Wilson had two each.