Missed opportunities for Redeemer in men’s basketball

royalsIt may be too early to tell whether a pair of narrow defeats for Redeemer’s men’s basketball will come back to haunt the team over the next couple of weeks, but the Royals closed out the weekend with a missed opportunity.

Redeemer dropped its game on Friday (Jan. 17) to Lambton College, 70-65, and the following night to St. Clair College, 76-73. Both games had playoff implications for the Royals as Lambton (5-8) overtook the Royals for the final playoff spot and St. Clair (8-4) moved into fourth place in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s West Division.

A disappointed head coach Jamie Girolametto said, “When it comes to making the playoffs, we are no longer in the driver’s seat. Two tough losses for us where it was a one or two possession game throughout. Whenever we pulled the score back to one point, tied it up, or took the lead, we made costly errors and put ourselves back in the hole.”

Redeemer’s Calvin Turnbull (Burlington) put up 16 points on Friday and Saturday leading the Royals in scoring both nights. Turnbull had 10 rebounds, seven assists, and five steals on Friday to go along with his eight rebounds and four steals on Saturday afternoon.

Benn Ibrahim (Windsor, ON) had a solid weekend as well adding 16 points on Friday night while Almar Knowles (Hamilton) chipped in with 14 points on Saturday.

Sitting in a tie with Lambton for sixth place in the West, the Royals have a big upcoming weekend when they travel to Sudbury for a back-to-back against Cambrian College (1-9) on Friday and Saturday (Jan 24-25).