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Cardinals still in contention for OFSAA medal

By Larry Moko

The St. John Henry Newman Cardinals are down but not out.

Newman opened play at the 2023 OFSAA boys’ AAA high school basketball tournament Monday with a 55-47 loss to the Pickering Trojans.

The three-day provincial competition in Sarnia features 18 teams.

“The OFSAA tournament allows for a tune-up,” Newman coach Victor Raso said. “Failure wasn’t fatal.”

A loss Tuesday morning against the Eden Flyers, however, would eliminate the 10th-seeded Cardinals from gold-medal contention. A victory would vault Newman into a quarter-final Tuesday evening.

Newman trailed 15-12, 27-20 and 36-34 at the quarter breaks against Pickering.

“We never got control of the game,” said the coach of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic league champions. “Pickering was very athletic. We weren’t as locked in to play as we have been.”

Seventh-seeded Eden won its opening game 60-45 over Sudbury’s Lo-Ellen Park Knights.

Toronto’s Oakwood Barons are the No. 1 seed.

Games are being played at Northern Collegiate and Lambton College.

Newman captured a medal – antique bronze – at OFSAA in 2017 with Raso coaching. That year, the Cardinals lost a 53-52 decision in the bronze-medal game against Pickering’s Pine Ridge Pumas.

Cardinals still in contention for OFSAA medal