Colts add three wins in Yorkton

Steven Mah
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The SCCHS Colts placed fifth out of 12 teams at the York City Classic

SCCHS Colts & Ardens

The Swift Current Comp. Senior Colts basketball team won three of four games at the 4th Annual York City Classic over the weekend to place fifth in the 12-team tournament in Yorkton.

Their only loss came to the Weyburn Eagles in the opening game when they were defeated 96-58. Grade 11 guards Marcus Mayall and Matthew Bissonnette led the Colts with 10 points each in the loss.

“Weyburn is an athletic team who has challenged all season, thus far,” explained coach Andrew Judge. “We look forward to seeing this team again later in the season. Until then, we must look to our experiences on the court to better prepare for their presses and fast break offense. Veteran players, such as Matthew Bissonnette, Joshua Braun, and Marcus Mayall brought a great deal to this game, specifically with rebounding and overall defensive play in the first half of the game.”

The Colts rebounded with a 76-48 win over Melville, led by 19 points from grade 12 guard Jordan Braun and 18 points from grade 10 guard Cyril Amoyen.

“Melville is a young team that presented defensive challenges for our Colts, as their passing was very clean in the first half, and their shooting guards were on fire for the second and third quarters. Our boys answered with sensational rebounding, and smart pass play in the second half of the game. In addition, the relentless defensive play of Marcus Mayall, Brent Kerslake, Jordan Braun, and Matthew Bissonnette kept us ahead in the second half,” said Judge.

The Colts stayed in the win column with a 73-65 win over Yorkton Regional as Mayall and Bissonnette both scored 17 points in the win.

“Our game against Yorkton presented many challenges, as our post players, Tanner Williams and Jordan Bloom are still several weeks away from a return to play following injuries,” noted Judge. “As such, Matthew Bissonnette again stepped up with fourteen rebounds, and Cyril Amoyen made some essential steals that allowed us to pull ahead and take a victory.”

The Colts capped off the tournament with a 98-64 win over Moose Jaw Vanier, led by 30 points from Braun and 22 from Amoyen.

“Our boys made a great run in the first half with terrific rebounding and several steals that allowed us to pull ahead early. Jordan Braun had one of his best games of the season, with a season high, including seven made three-point shots. The boys played a strong defensive game with over eight steals in the first half. Both Cyril Amoyen and Aiel Ambion, our rookie players, made great contributions on the court,” said Judge.

The Colts will head north this weekend for the St. Mary’s Invitational Tournament in Prince Albert. They will enter the weekend with nine wins and seven losses with three tournaments to go before the provincial playoffs begin.

Organizations: SCCHS, SHSAA, Colts Basketball

Geographic location: Yorkton, Swift Current, Tanner Williams Prince Albert

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