Destiny Discover

Win moves Celtics into sole possession of third place

By Larry Moko

The Bishop Ryan Celtics scored an emotional victory Wednesday in a game their coach hopes will be part of an historically special season for the team.

The Celtics needed overtime en route to an 80-74 decision over the visiting Bishop Tonnos Titans in Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic senior boys’ high school basketball action.

That outcome vaults BR (8-4) ahead of Tonnos (7-5) into sole possession of third place. In addition, it gives the tie-breaker to the Celtics who lost by five points to Tonnos in their only other meeting this season. Both teams have two games remaining before playoffs.

“I told our players they had to win the game no matter what,” Celtics coach Mike DiClaudio said. “It was emotional. We pulled it out, though. I’m very proud of them.”

Di Claudio has returned to coaching after being sidelined all of last season due to an October Achilles injury at practice.

“It’s an honour to be coaching these guys,” he said. “It’s been 20 years since I left Bishop Ryan as captain of its city championship basketball team. Since then, the senior basketball team hasn’t won a championship.”

The former York University and McMaster University guard says he likes what he sees of the current BR squad.

The Celtics held a 72-69 lead with 19 seconds remaining in regulation time when Nick Galli of the Titans was fouled while attempted a three-point shot. He then sank all three free-throw opportunities.

Nick Niare of the Celtics was charged with that foul – his fifth. And that meant the end of the night for the player who scored a game-high 32 points as well as contributing a solid defensive effort.

“It is what it is,” DiClaudio said of the ejection. “But they actually got the wrong guy.”

Point guard Anthony Ragonetti opened and closed the scoring for the Celtics in overtime.

“It was a frustrating game,” said Ragonetti, referring in part to the three technical fouls that the Celtics received. “I’m very passionate about basketball. At the end of the day, it was a great game to win.”

Ragonetti finished with 19 points.

The lead see-sawed back and forth through four quarters but BR never trailed during OT.

The top scorers for Tonnos were Galli, with 16 points, Luca Pasalic, with 14, and Evander D’Andrea, with 13.

“I’m disappointed,” Titans coach Matthew Timms said. “We are inconsistent as a team. There’s moments of greatness where we’re in the final of the Silver Fox and there’s moments of weakness where we let a team like Bishop Ryan roll over us on some possessions.”

As for DiClaudio, he’s been disappointed with two aspects of the Celtics game this season.
“We have a problem from the foul line,” he said, “and we’re missing easy layups. We’re working on that.”





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