It isn’t often a single two-minute stretch in the second quarter will have a major impact on the outcome of a basketball game.
But in the high school boys city final on Tuesday night at Sask. Polytechnic, it marked the point where the Central Cyclones took a lead they would never relinquish, and while the Peacock Toilers were able to take runs and close to within single digits, the final result would never change.
The Cyclones had 24 points from Ryan Reidy in one of the lowest scoring boys finals in history as they took a 60-48 win over Peacock to claim their sixth city title in the last seven years.
“It’s a tough place to play, I don’t think either one of our teams shot the ball really well,” said Central coach Ryan Boughen. “But our defence got some stops when we needed some stops and we made a few shots to keep it where we needed to keep it so it was a little out of range. . . It was such a low scoring game that you could keep up by six or eight and keep up a little momentum, and we ended up with some bounces they didn’t get.”
It certainly didn’t hurt to have Reidy emerge as one of the only players in the game to find his range — the Grade 12 guard hit five three pointers, including three straight on three possessions midway through the second quarter. Those treys were part of an 11-0 run over a span of 1:20 that saw Central take a 22-11 lead.
“He played incredible for us tonight and that’s what we need,” said Boughen. “He’s one of our Grade 12 leaders and that’s what you need from your Grade 12s in the big game. Big guys play big in big games and he played big.”
For his part, Reidy was just looking to give his team a spark. That it ended up being as bright as it was just a bonus.
“In a game like this, it’s always important to come out and hit a couple shots and just get a rhythm going,” he said. “I feel like once the team sees one person doing it they’re all going to get hot. We have a lot of good shooters and we had a few guys make some shots when we needed it.”
See Thursday’s Times-Herald for more on this story.