Braves Claim B’ball Crown

St. Jean de Brebeuf and Cardinal Newman have been on a collision course for bragging rights in the Catholic senior boys basketball league all season. They met at McMaster for the championship Thursday night, and the contest lived up to the hype. The two teams traded leads back and forth all game, before ending regulation time knotted at 44-44. An overtime period saw neither squad score, forcing a second overtime. In the end, the boys from SJB claimed their second consecutive title with a 52-44 win. Here’s a look at the action. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. SJB's Tafari Simms to the hoop.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. SJB’s Tafari Simms to the hoop. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman's Maleik Gordon dribbles upcourt.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman’s Maleik Gordon dribbles up court. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman's Maleik Gordon to the basket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman’s Maleik Gordon to the basket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman's Tyrell Hebert looks for some space.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman’s Tyrell Hebert looks for some space. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman's Tyrell Hebert with the ball. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman’s Tyrell Hebert with the ball. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Brebeuf's Tafari Simms takes a shot.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Brebeuf’s Tafari Simms takes a shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Brebeuf's JR Calura looks to take a shot.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Brebeuf’s JR Calura looks to take a shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. SJB's Tafari Simms with the shot.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. SJB’s Tafari Simms with the shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. SJB's Tafari Simms working for the shot.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. SJB’s Tafari Simms working for the shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Brebeuf's JR Calura drives to the hoop.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Brebeuf’s JR Calura drives to the hoop. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Brebeuf's Rashad Rowley heads for the hoop.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Brebeuf’s Rashad Rowley heads for the hoop. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman's Maleik Gordon under pressure under the basket.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman’s Maleik Gordon under pressure under the basket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman's Tyrell Hebert in tough under the basket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman’s Tyrell Hebert in tough under the basket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman"s Josh Nardini with the ball.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman”s Josh Nardini with the ball. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Brebeuf's Justin DiPietro and Newman's Tyrell Hebert fight for the ball.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Brebeuf’s Justin DiPietro and Newman’s Tyrell Hebert fight for the ball. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman's Maleik Gordon drives with the ball.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman’s Maleik Gordon drives with the ball. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman's Maleik Gordon looks for an opening.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Newman’s Maleik Gordon looks for an opening. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. SJB's Justin DiPietro sinks a free throw.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. SJB’s Justin DiPietro sinks a free throw. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Victory and defeat in the final second. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Victory and defeat in the final second. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Dejected Newman players post game.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Dejected Newman players post game. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 - St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Brebeuf's Rashad Rowley looks at his gold medal. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 18,2016 – St. Jean de Brebuef Braves defeated Cardinal Newman, 52-44 to claim the Catholic senior boys basketball championship. Brebeuf’s Rashad Rowley looks at his gold medal. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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