No one was surprised to see Andrew Ens holding the MVP trophy Friday night at the conclusion of the championship game of the 60th Annual Standard High School Basketball Tournament at St. Catharines Collegiate.
The Grade 11 point guard poured in 27 points to lead the top-seeded Saint Francis Phoenix to a 60-50 victory over the second-seeded Eden Flyers.
“The kid is special and I have been fortunate to be able to watch him develop,” Saint Francis head coach Jon Marcheterre said. “The kid makes plays and I don’t know if I have ever had a kid who could will his way to the basket or a hit a shot the way he does. He loves these moments and he has been waiting for this moment for a long time. For him, this is really big. It was the last thing he had to knock off on a list and we will see what the future holds for him. He is one heck of a player and I am confident he will be playing at the next level.”
The 5-foot-10 agreed a Standard title and MVP trophy were definitely at the top of his bucket list.
“We won OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) last year and this is one thing I haven’t won, We lost last year and obviously COVID (cancelled two tournaments) and we got to win it this year,” he said.
The history of the tournament was not lost on Ens.
“It’s 60 years and there are so many names who have come through here, so many good players and icons here. It is good to put my name in the history books.”