For the first time in the three-year history of the Peninsula Hoop Classic, the Niagara College Knights came out on top, as the men’s team edged Brock 78-71.
It was a split on the scoreboard, as the Badgers won the women’s game 84-18. The United Way of South Niagara was the big winner on the night, however, as more than $2,000 was raised for the community agency.
The men’s and women’s teams from Brock and Niagara College played in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Niagara College Welland Campus Athletic Centre, with proceeds supporting the United Way of South Niagara.
In the women’s contest, the Badgers led from early on, finishing with a convincing win. Brianne Ozimok led the Badgers with 14 points, while Miranda Ross and Kaitlyn McPherson led the Knights with 4 points each.
The men’s game was much closer, with the Knights leading for much of the first half. The teams traded the lead in the second half, and Anto Raic’s three-pointer gave the Knights a one-point lead with 46 seconds remaining. The Knights managed to hold on for the win, with Ashton Stephenson leading the way with 16 points and Alex Campbell adding 15 points and 13 rebounds. Mike Luby led the way for the Badgers with 18 points.
“The Peninsula Hoop Classic is a great opportunity to bring Niagara’s two postsecondary institutions together for a great evening of collegiate basketball,” said Matthew Davies, Niagara College’s Manager of Athletics and Recreation. “We’re grateful for the fans from both schools who filled the bleachers tonight to support the important work the United Way does in our community.”
The Peninsula Hoop Classic originated in 2010, and was the first game played in Niagara College’s Welland Campus Athletic Centre. Since 2010, the event has raised $7,000 for United Way.