Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Sports
Classified Sites

Brandon Sun - PRINT EDITION

Spartans win their division

Theo Farough of the Neelin Spartans tries to move the ball during Brandon Sun Spartans Invitational tournament action against the Selkirk Royals at the Neelin gym on Saturday night.

Enlarge Image

Theo Farough of the Neelin Spartans tries to move the ball during Brandon Sun Spartans Invitational tournament action against the Selkirk Royals at the Neelin gym on Saturday night. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)

Prior to this year’s Brandon Sun Spartan Invitational varsity boys high school basketball tournament, Neelin Spartans captain Theo Farough was approached by Adam Philpott.

Philpott told Farough that he was named the tournament’s MVP the last time Neelin won the event in 2004 and now it’s his turn. Farough admitted after the tournament ended at Neelin’s gymnasium on Saturday night that he took Philpott’s comments lightly, but he made good on them. The 6-foot-1 forward scored 27 points and was named the Tri-Star Screen Printing Division’s MVP as the Spartans defeated the Selkirk Royals 77-66 in their division final.

"It feels good (to win the BSSI)," Farough said. "It’s school pride and lets everyone know that Neelin’s back."

The Spartans never lost a game while playing in the tournament’s second division, geared for A, AA and AAA teams.

They went 3-0 in the round-robin and advanced to the Tier 1 playoffs, where they beat the Dauphin Clippers 83-34 in Saturday’s semifinal.

Quinton Hunter and Chance Miller both scored 14 points for Neelin that game, while Brant Bosiak and Alex MacKenzie both had 19 for Dauphin.

The first half of the final was tightly contested, with the Royals leading 34-33 at the break, but the Spartans picked up the pace and started hitting shots in the second half to pull away. Isaak Stark and Brock Hiltner both scored 14 points for Neelin, while Serge Buisse led Selkirk with 13 points.

Neelin head coach Don Thomson said part of the reason his squad excelled in the second half was Farough stopped forcing plays and let the game come to him, but he loved the performances he got from all his players.

"Dylan Minshull was great," Thomson said. "Chance Miller, I thought, was lights out on the defensive end of things. Even down the stretch, to bring Osian Edwards into the game and he did an extremely good job defending people. It’s nice to see some additional scorers, but I was more impressed with some of the energy things some of our kids did coming off the bench."

Minshull was named to the division’s all-star team, along with Selkirk’s Ochitwa and Greg Kuz. Dauphin’s Bosiak also made the squad.

The Clippers finished fourth after falling 74-59 to the Nelson McIntyre Wolverines in the bronze-medal game. Scoring statistics were unavailable.

The BSSI was the second tournament of the season for the Spartans and it was their second straight win. Thomson said that gives his squad a lot of confidence, but he knows there’s a lot of work ahead of them.

"We’re good, but we have a long ways to go," he said. "Our end picture is hopefully in March when we have to be really good, but right now we’re happy with where we’re at."

Meanwhile, Tynan Reyes scored 34 points for the Garden City Fighting Gophers as they beat the Oak Park Raiders 99-84 in the top Victoria Inn Division final on Saturday.

Ryan Hawley added 21 points and hit six three-pointers for the Gophers, who are the reigning provincial AAAA champions.

Junior Sesay had 25 points for Oak Park, which had won the last two titles, while Nathan Warburton added 13 points.

Reyes was named the division’s MVP. Sesay and Oak Park teammate Casey Blanca were named to the all-star team, along with Garden City’s Josh Magpantay and Dakota’s Matt Bonwick.

» cjaster@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 10, 2012

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Prior to this year’s Brandon Sun Spartan Invitational varsity boys high school basketball tournament, Neelin Spartans captain Theo Farough was approached by Adam Philpott.

Philpott told Farough that he was named the tournament’s MVP the last time Neelin won the event in 2004 and now it’s his turn. Farough admitted after the tournament ended at Neelin’s gymnasium on Saturday night that he took Philpott’s comments lightly, but he made good on them. The 6-foot-1 forward scored 27 points and was named the Tri-Star Screen Printing Division’s MVP as the Spartans defeated the Selkirk Royals 77-66 in their division final.

Please subscribe to view full article.

Already subscribed? Login to view full article.

Not yet a subscriber? Click here to sign up

Prior to this year’s Brandon Sun Spartan Invitational varsity boys high school basketball tournament, Neelin Spartans captain Theo Farough was approached by Adam Philpott.

Philpott told Farough that he was named the tournament’s MVP the last time Neelin won the event in 2004 and now it’s his turn. Farough admitted after the tournament ended at Neelin’s gymnasium on Saturday night that he took Philpott’s comments lightly, but he made good on them. The 6-foot-1 forward scored 27 points and was named the Tri-Star Screen Printing Division’s MVP as the Spartans defeated the Selkirk Royals 77-66 in their division final.

Subscription required to view full article.

A subscription to the Brandon Sun Newspaper is required to view this article. Please update your user information if you are already a newspaper subscriber.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
The First World War at 100

Social Media