Frontenac Secondary School named 2024 KASSAA senior basketball champions

Players of the Frontenac Secondary School senior boys basketball team and their coaching staff after receiving their gold medals at the KASSAA Basketball Championship game on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. Photo by Rylie Snider/Kingstonist.

The senior boys teams of Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School and Frontenac Secondary School hit the court at St. Lawrence College (SLC) last night, competing for the top spot in local high school basketball.

The two senior boys teams battled it out for the title of Kingston Area Secondary School Athletics Association (KASSAA) champions at the SLC gym on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. The senior boys championship followed a close game between the junior boys basketball teams of Kingston Secondary School and Frontenac Secondary School, in which Kingston Secondary captured gold in a very close 55-51 game.

For the senior boys teams, the game moved quickly, with Frontenac swiftly taking the lead and ending the first quarter up by 10 points (with the score being 23-13). The Frontenac Falcons then widened that lead in the second and the game entered a short intermission with a score of 37-21 in favour of Frontenac.

The rivalry continued at a fast pace, with Holy Cross fighting their way to catch up to the Frontenac team. By the end of the third quarter, Frontenac led 53-32 over Holy Cross.

Frontenac held the lead until the very end, when the sound of the final buzzer ended the game with a score of 65-45, finalizing the win for Frontenac, who would take home the gold medals.

Doug Johnson, one of the coaches for Frontenac’s senior boys basketball team, made a statement following the game. Commending his team for their great defensive game and overall win, Johnson said defence was something they had to work on throughout the year, and that their games leading up to the finals had been good to see, as the team put together good plays and took advantage of offensive and defensive moments.

“The kids competed really hard defensively, which we’ve been having a little bit of trouble with, it’s been a little bit of a rollercoaster ride. They put three good games together, so it has been good to see. [They’re] getting a little bit more consistent on the defensive end,” Johnson said.

Despite not getting the gold medal, Holy Cross still walked away with silver. Player Noah Borges of the Holy Cross team acknowledged Frontenac’s dominant performance but also said that he was still very proud of the accomplishment made by his teammates.

“I thought Frontenac played very well and they’re a very good team. I thought we could have played better as a team. We did not execute properly. However, I’m proud of our players for hustling really well. They played a really good game and made it really competitive for us,” said Borges.

“Not the outcome we wanted but I am happy with the guys.”

Rylie Snider is the inaugural member of the Kingstonist NextGen team, dedicated to fostering the passion and knowledge of local youth writers and reporters while highlighting the vibrant sports, arts, and social scenes of the younger generations in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.
A Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School student, Snider is dedicated to keeping people updated on everything going on in our schools, and her coverage focuses on everything, from local sports and theatre, to fundraising events and opportunities for students in the area.
For more information on the Kingstonist NextGen team, email Editor-in-Chief Tori Stafford at [email protected].

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