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Rams pull away from Redhawks, win 2016 RIT

With LCI determined to beat the Redhawks in front of a hostile Western crowd, they played like there was nothing to lose and beat the host school 86-68 to win the 2016 RIT boys championship.

The doors to Western’s gym had to be closed as it was fully packed and buzzing on Saturday night. There was an atmosphere before the game began that you only see in big championship games.
The Rams started the game with a fast paced attack, and pushed the ball ahead early, scoring well in transition. Western started their game moving the ball patiently in the half court, looking for scoring opportunities inside against LCI’s tough zone defense.
Western’s first-year point guard Eliada Ewa (#5) made his presence known on the both ends of the floor in the first half, igniting the crowd with his fast paced play. Tevin Hall (#5) came alive for LCI as the 6’3 senior scored 10 points in the second quarter alone.
Both teams came out in the second half with an intensity that could be felt throughout the whole gym. LCI lead the whole third quarter, with Mitch Boychuk (#11) shooting the ball like the net was the size of an ocean. Western was locked in though, and cut the lead to two points with a balanced attack lead by seniors Kenny Okeke (#12) and Philip Okanlawon (#10).
The Rams pulled away in the fourth quarter where they picked it up on the defensive side, and stole the ball multiple times for easy transition buckets. Okanlawon scored ten points for the Redhawks in the fourth quarter to finish with 21 points, but it was not enough to spark Western to victory.
Ewa and Hall received the Players of the Game award for their teams. Hall scored a game-high 23 points.
The Defensive Player of the Tournament award went to 6’5 Forward Tanner McLachlan, while the Hustle Award of the Tournament went to grade 12 Western guard Marko Zivak. The MVP of the tournament was Mitch Boychuk of the LCI Rams.
Manbir Singh Parmar, WCHS Journalism


Redhawks boys move on to RIT finals

With an 85-66 win against the Chestermere Lakers the Western Canada Redhawks sealed their place in the final of the Redhawks Invitational Tournament on February 6th, 2016.

Despite the Lakers’ valiant efforts and Chestermere player of the game Jeff Rodehutskors’ (#15) game high of 30 points, they could not hold off the Redhawks and their solid offensive and defensive play.
There was a potential for a comeback when Rodehutskors threw down an emphatic dunk on the fast break but it was not to be as Western closed the game out with strong plays on both ends.
With Western only leading by 8 at half, the game was a close one. But with big plays coming from Brayden Robinson (#11) and first year point guard Eliada Ewa (#5) in the fourth quarter they managed to close the game out, winning by a total of 19 points.
The Redhawks player of the game Philip Okanlawon (#10) added 27 points to the Redhawks’ total, 10 of those coming in the 3rd quarter alone. Redhawks player Marko Zivak (#7) aided his Western squad with 12 points and a strong defensive performance.
Chestermere player Kareem Pires (#8) did his best for his team with 10 points.
The Redhawks will compete in the final at Western Canada High School on their home court at 8:15 pm on February 6th. They will face the LCI Rams, who beat the Winston Churchill Bulldogs 86-80 on Friday afternoon.
Simon Dawe, WCHS Journalism


Redhawks boys take game 1 of the RIT


The Western Canada Redhawks were up to the task on Thursday afternoon, facing off against the Crescent Heights Cowboys in the first game for both teams of the RIT for 2016. The Cowboys battled hard in front of the raucous RIT crowd, but fell 95-60 to a well-rounded Redhawks team.
The Redhawks got off to a great early start, more than doubling the Cowboys score after the first quarter with a 28-12 advantage. The starting line-up for the Redhawks led the way in the initial quarter with Marko Zivak and Phily Okanlawan each scoring six points. The Hawks showcased a strong defense as well, holding off the surging Cowboys offense.
The electric crowd erupted each time skilled grade 10 point-guard Eliada Ewa was substituted into the game. Ewa put up a dominating performance, netting 13 points over the game and defensively shut down the Cowboys with his elite quickness and relentlessness.
Leading in scoring for the Redhawks was Kenny Okeke with 20 points and Phil Okanlawan with a solid 17-point performance. Leading for the Cowboys was Nolan Akins who netted an impressive 20 points against the Hawks.
The Redhawks will look to keep the momentum going at Western Canada High School tomorrow when they face off against the LCI Rams at 12:30pm in the semifinals.
Audrey Buston - WCHS Journalism