Colts hoping to rebound on home court

Steven Mah
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SCCHS Colts & Ardens

The Swift Current Comp. Senior Colts basketball team will make their first home-court appearance this season when they host a six-team tournament Friday and Saturday.

The Colts will open the tournament Friday at 4 p.m. against the Shaunavon Shadows. They will also play Saturday at 10:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Teams from Moose Jaw, Estevan, Weyburn, and Herbert will also take part.

The Colts are coming off a sixth-place finish at the Central Collegiate 53rd Annual Senior Boys Basketball Invitational Tournament last weekend.

They opened the tournament with a 95-57 loss to Prince Albert St. Mary, the defending 4A provincial champions. Aiel Ambion and Matt Bissonnette each had nine points in the loss.

"We had a great lead in the first quarter, but some of our shooter coverage failed in the second and third quarters," explained head coach Andrew Judge. "By the fourth quarter we were matching St. Mary’s basket for basket. Dale has a terrific team, and we look forward to meeting them again. Jordan Bloom, our center, took injury, so many new players to the team, such as Aiel Ambion and Kristian Lubi, managed to bring a great deal of energy to the court."

The Colts rebounded with a 91-45 win over North Battleford led by 21 points from Jordan Braun and 14 from Marcus Mayall.

"North Battleford’s team is young, but growing," explained Judge. "Our press and fast moving offense became too much for the team in the first half, and our rebounding and positioning was terrific. Veteran players, such as Marcus Mayall, Jordan Braun, Matt Bissonnette, Brent Kerslake, and Logan Tisdale showed a great deal of heart on the court."  

The Colts lost the consolation final 64-58 to Saskatoon's Marion Graham.

"We started off this game at a great pace, but it came down to straight shooting percentages. Our Colts kept the defense inside strong with great rebounding by Joshua Braun, Matt Braun, and Logan Tisdale, and although we shared the lead throughout the game, Marion Graham managed to push the pace in the final minutes of the game that made the difference. Again, Marcus Mayall’s and Matt Bissonnette’s efforts on defense kept us in it," said Judge.

The Colts will enter their home tournament with a 4-5 season record.

Organizations: Colts Basketball, SCCHS, SHSAA

Geographic location: Swift Current, Moose Jaw, North Battleford Saskatoon

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