Colts face tough competition up north

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SCCHS Colts & Ardens

The Swift Current Comp. Colts made their final preparations for the provincial playoffs at a weekend tournament in North Battleford. The Colts won once and lost their next two games to place fifth out of 12 teams at the North Battleford Comprehensive Invitational Tournament.

They opened the tournament with an 87-53 win over Meadow Lake led by 18 points from grade 12 guard Jordan Braun. Grade 10 guard Cyril Amoyen added 15 points in the victory.

"Our Colts played well this game, taking an early lead in the second quarter against Meadow Lake," said coach Andrew Judge. "Our boys excelled in ball movement and shooting in this game, two core skill sets they continue to improve on with each week. This was our first week back with a full bench, which also allowed us to set a much faster and consistent pace on the floor. Senior players, such as Joshua Braun, Brent Kerslake, Matthew Bissonnette, and Logan Tisdale, contributed a great deal to our defensive play."

The Colts lost their second game 83-51 to Prince Albert St. Mary. Amoyen led the Colts with 12 points and grade 11 guard Matt Bissonnette added eight points.

"St. Mary is a competitive and aggressive team who, again, fired strong out of the gate. With a possibility of meeting the St. Mary Marauders again in regional competition, we must look to shut down their drives to the net, and eliminate shooting options for their guards. The quick feet and dedication of Marcus Mayall and Cyril Amoyen allowed us to bring more focused pressure on our defense, and resulted in a greater number of steals, and a closer game than our previous against this team. We look forward to possibly playing St. Mary High School again this season," said Judge.

The Colts concluded the tournament with a 71-56 loss to Saskatoon Marion Graham. Bissonnette and Amoyen each had nine points in the loss.

"This game was hard fought by our Colts, but some easy steals by the Falcons allowed them to take an early lead. Our biggest challenge this season has been playing aggressive defense while opponents are in transition, and Marion Graham capitalized on this. However, our hard work and perseverance allowed us to stay competitive under the boards until the second half of the fourth quarter. Should we meet Marion Graham in regional competition, or afterwards, we will be more prepared for their fast break offense and presses," explained Judge.

The Colts will open the provincial playoffs this weekend in Wilcox. They enter the weekend with a 13-12 record and have been seeded third in the Conference tournament and play Moose Jaw Central in the semi-final on Friday.

Organizations: Colts Basketball, SCCHS, SHSAA

Geographic location: Meadow Lake, Swift Current, North Battleford Wilcox

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