After starting the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball season with three straight road games, the Redeemer Royals gave their fans something to cheer about, an 88-78 home debut win over the Sault Cougars.
With Friday’s (Nov. 8) win, the Royals record moves to 2-2.
Backed by their fans, the Royals led for most of the game but couldn’t pull away from the Cougars. Every time Redeemer went on a run, Sault was able to answer.
The early lead proved the difference as the Royals pulled away in the last few minutes of the game for the win.
Benn Ibrahim put on an offensive display for Redeemer with 25 points. Josh DeSchiffert added 19 points while Jacob Walda and AJ Manguerra also hit double figures with 13 and 12 respectively.
Hugh Taylor had a team high 20 points for Sault.
“I thought we were a little undisciplined. We didn’t really execute our game plan. We need to do a better job at protecting our home court,” said Royals head coach Jamie Girolametto. “The win for us was nice. We are looking to start a home winning streak as our next four matches are all at home”.
Round two of the Redeemer/Sault match up takes place Saturday (Nov. 9) at 3 p.m.