Neelin’s Quinton Hunter heads up court under pressure from Vincent Massey’s Andrew Nelson on Tuesday. (BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN)
Neelin’s Brady Skinner comes up with the ball after diving to the floor with Vincent Massey’s Shelby Nohr, right, during Tuesday night’s high school basketball playoff game.
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Kristine Ward and Quinton Hunter have the Neelin Spartans on the verge of both varsity city titles in the Westman High School Basketball League.
Ward scored 18 points to lead the host Spartans to a 57-35 victory over Vincent Massey Vikings in the opening game of the best-of-three varsity girls’ city final on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Hunter had 22 points to lift Neelin to a 76-71 triumph over visiting Vincent Massey in Game 1 of the varsity boys’ final. The city championships continue Thursday at Vincent Massey, with the girls’ game slated for 6 p.m., followed by the boys’ matchup at 7:45 p.m.
Last night, Paige Thomson added 16 points for Neelin, which led 29-18 at halftime. Tara VanCauwenberghe replied with 10 points, while Brittany Boschman had eight for Vincent Massey.
In the nightcap, Andrew Paul poured in 20 points to help pace Neelin’s varsity boys’ squad, which held a 36-26 lead at halftime.
Johnson Duku replied with 21 points, Andrew Nelson had 16 points and Cassidy Obijaku added 11 in a losing cause for Vincent Massey.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 26, 2014