One weekend before hosting their annual home tournament, the Swift Current Comp. Senior Colts basketball team added a silver medal to their haul this season with a second place finish at the St. Mary Invitational Tournament in Prince Albert.
The Colts rattled off two wins over rival 4A opponents before running into the host squad in the championship final.
The Colts lost the final 95-62 to St. Mary, the second ranked 4A team in the province.
“We were able hang around with the Marauders in the first half thanks in large part to the defense of Marshall Siemens, who drew three charges, and Marcus Mayall and the rebounding of Duncan Knox and Jordan Bloom,” explained coach Adam Jackson.
The already shorthanded Colts lost Dylan Griffin to injury and Siemens fouled out in the second half leaving the Colts with only eight players.
“The boys played hard but couldn't match St. Mary's constant attacking drives and height advantage inside,” explained Jackson.
Griffin was named the Player of the Game and Siemens was recognized as the Team MVP for the tournament.
The Colts had opened the tournament with a 92-83 win over Prince Albert Carlton when grade 12 wing Ian Hayes erupted for 39 points on his way to Player of the Game honours. Deveraux Gatin matched Hayes shot for shot and finished with 40 points for an athletic Crusaders team but the Colts knocked down 11 three-pointers in the win.
The Colts got retribution for an earlier loss this season with a 58-49 win over the Yorkton Regional Raiders in the semi-final. The Colts led by only four points after three quarters but out-scored the Raiders 16-11 in the final quarter to pull away. This meeting was characterized by solid defense and Jackson said that defensive rebounding was the key to victory as the Colts limited Yorkton’s second shot opportunities. Hayes led the Colts with 19 points, Griffin added 12 and Knox added nine. Grade 12 point guard Jaylen Mayall was named the Colts Player of the Game.
The Colts, who are ranked fifth in the province among 4A teams, also stopped in Warman Thursday to take on the fourth ranked Warman Wolverines. They hung with Warman for the first half, trailing 36-29 at the break before allowing 49 points and scoring only 19 in the second half in an 85-48 loss. Warman slowed down the Colts with an active two-three zone and got out on the fast-break on missed shots with an athletic team for numerous fast break points. Siemens led the Colts with 15 points, followed by Clayton Gerbrandt with 11.
The Colts are now looking forward to their annual home tournament this weekend, which will feature five of the six highest ranked 4A teams in Saskatchewan.
The Colts, who boast a 14-3 record this season, will open their tournament Friday at 3:30 p.m. against the North Battleford Comp. Vikings.