Colts off to dominating start

Steven Mah
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SCCHS Colts & Ardens

The Swift Current Comp. Colts senior boys basketball team made an impressive tournament debut in Lloydminster at the Holy Rosary ‘Border Battle’ Invitational Tournament.

The Colts won all three games by 30 points or more with an average margin of victory of almost 43 points per game to win the tournament in dominating fashion.

They opened the tournament with a 101-46 win over the Edmonton Oscar Romero  Ravens. The Colts led 54-28 at halftime and then dominated the third quarter, holding the young and small Ravens to only four points. Ian Hayes led the Colts with 26 points, followed by Benedict de Gala with 15 and Jaylen Mayall with 12.

The Colts continued to score at an impressive rate in a 95-65 win over the Lloydminster Comprehensive Barons. Marcus Mayall knocked down a trio of three-pointers to help the Colts gain a 31-25 lead after one quarter. The game was within reach for the Barons after three quarters but the Colts utilized their fast break on offense and full court pressure defense to wear down a talented opponent, outscoring them 24-5 in the final quarter.

Hayes led the offense with 17 points, followed by a 15-point effort from Marshall Siemens, and 11 points each from Marcus Mayall and Clayton Gerbrandt.

The Colts knocked down nine three-pointers for a second consecutive game to defeat the host Holy Rosary Raiders 91-48 to conclude the tournament. They used swarming defense to outscore the Raiders 30-4 in the second quarter to put the game out of reach by halftime. Hayes led the Colts for a third straight game with 34 points. Gerbrandt added 20 points and Matthew Bissonnette chipped in nine points.

“Our play was characterized by all-out effort, hustle and heart on defense, and unselfishness on offense.  The guys did a great job of making the extra pass to find an open teammate,” said coach Adam Jackson.

The Colts will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Weyburn.

Organizations: SCCHS, Colts Basketball, SHSAA

Geographic location: Swift Current, Lloydminster, Weyburn

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