Basketball team

Pair of key wins help Orillia basketball team clinch top spot

Grade 7 Oofii Simcoe United men’s basketball team ends regular season with 8-2 ​​record and prepares for CYBL playoffs starting next week

The Oofii Simcoe United 7th grade men’s basketball team clinched first place in the Canadian Summer Youth Basketball League (CYBL) regular season with a recent 49-41 win over RWI.

United have faced two other teams sporting the same record with the first playoff seed on the line.

The first game of the weekend against RWI was marked by a battle between the two best defensive teams in the league with different styles. Although RWI used their intense, trapped pressure all over the pitch, United’s man-in-the-half defense made it difficult to score and kept the game close until the dying minutes of the game.

Large fences limited a strong RWI team, which only scored three points on the game. Using RWI pressure against them, United were able to come out late for a 49-41 win.

This allowed the winner to participate in a battle for first place against the School of Movement.

United played several unique giant lineups and were quick to hold back the School of Motion’s rush and role play attack. Despite this, the team managed to dominate the paint and scored 59 of their 70 points, either in the paint or on the foul line.

Caden McFee scored 18 of his 31 points in the second half as United overcame a small deficit to claim a 70-57 victory.

At 8-2 and seeded, the team of eight Orillia Lakers and three Barrie Royals will now play in the CYBL playoffs Aug. 5-7.