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St. Paul's Crusaders come through in the clutch

JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

  • JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Ben Gardner tried to settle his mind as he stood at the free-throw line with 14.1 seconds remaining Monday night.

 

Gardner’s St. Paul’s Crusaders had a one-point lead over the Vincent Massey Trojans with a season hanging in balance during the varsity boys final at the Milk AAAA Provincial High School Basketball Championships.

 

What was he thinking?

 

"Don’t miss like I usually do, I guess," said Gardner, a career 60 to 70 per cent free-throw shooter who calmly proceeded to make both shots to give the Crusaders a 72-69 lead. "I wasn’t really thinking about it, to be honest. Same as always: just breathe a deep breath, and two dribbles."

 

Now trailing by three, Vincent Massey’s Jade Elias launched and missed a desperate three-pointer with two seconds left and the Crusaders regained possession, capturing their first provincial basketball crown since 2014 and the second in school history.

 

Click here for the full story from the Winnipeg Free Press.

 

 

Categories: Basketball, St. Paul's HS, Vincent Massey (Wpg)