High schools from across Ontario have invaded Orillia for the 74th Annual Blackball Classic.
The opening game of the senior boys' side of the tournament was a thrilling upset victory for the 14th (of 16) ranked Twin Lakes Secondary School (TLSS) of Orillia as they suprised third-ranked G.L. Roberts Secondary School (GLRS) from Oshawa.
The opening contest came down to the bitter end, with TLSS trailing by two with only five seconds on the clock.
All GLRS needed to do was put the game on ice, but instead they coughed up the ball to TLSS star player Aaron Macdonald, who took the daring risk of stopping at the three-point line and draining the buzzer-beating field goal to win the game, 47-46.
Macdonald followed up his heroics by grabbing his shirt and pretending to rip it apart in the way that Superman does to reveal his suit. But the winning shot could have been a super mistake; Twin Lakes only needed two points to tie the game - not a daring three-pointer.
“During the timeout I took a misunderstanding,” Macdonald said after the nailbiter.
“When I was coming down the court I said to myself, 'I have to make this, I have to make this'. I didn’t know that all we needed was two; I thought it was three,” Macdonald laughed.
TLSS head coach Andrew Corry felt his heart drop as Macdonald opted not to take the easy two-point layup.
“It’s the best mistake he ever made," said Corry.
TLSS will hit the hardwood again tonight at 7 p.m. to take on the winner of the afternoon contest between Huntsville and North Catholic. You can watch the Twin Lakes game as it will be streamed live on OrilliaMatters Facebook Page.
The other high schools in town were also in action today as the two-day tournament, the longest-running hoops tournament in Canada, began at all theee local high schools.
The Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School senior boys (PFCSS) fell short in their opener to LaSalle Secondary School from Sudbury by a score of 54-41.
And Orillia Secondary School senior boys, opened their tournament with a dominant win over Centennial Secondary School from Belleville, 65-29.
In addition to the 14 schools competing in the senior bracket, there are 12 junior teams from schools across Ontario battling as well.
The junior championship game is slated for 7:30 p.m. Saturday night at PFCSS. The senior title game is also at 7:30 p.m. at OSS.
Results will be updated throughout the tournament on Twitter: @blackballbball