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The La Crete Dream - 2A Provincial Boys Round Up
Posted on March 23rd, 2016
By Terry Hanna
The Sr. Boys Pride basketball team travelled to La Crete, “ Alberta’s Final Frontier” to participate in the ASAA 2A Boys Basketball Provincials March 17 -19. The team departed from KAHS after classes on Tuesday, March 15, and travelled to Edmonton. They then departed from Edmonton on Wednesday, March 16, and arrived to La Crete, arriving at around 3:30 pm, completing the 1420 km , 15 hour trek.
The Pride attended opening ceremonies at 9:15 am, on Thursday, March 17, and then opened the 2A boys provincial tournament at 11:00 , against JC Charyk School from Hanna. The Pride got off to a very slow start, and unfortunately had perhaps their worst shooting half of the season, falling behind early. The Pride adjusted to the physical play, and came on strong in the second half, but unfortunately were unable to overcome the slow start and lost 60-64. Jackson Kasko, and Blake Thompson led the Pride in scoring with 22 and 15 points respectively.
On Friday afternoon, the Pride took on the Tofield Titans in a win or go home game, and came out on top, 71- 58. The Pride had a much stronger game this time out and led start to finish, led by three seniors, Blake Thompson, Jackson Kasko, and Patrick Larson, who scored, 28, 22, and 13 points respectively.
On Saturday, the Pride played the Holy Redeemer Rebels, of Edson, and were victorious 73-49, capturing the “C” Pool title, and finishing the 2015/16 season on a winning note. The Pride were again led by the three seniors, Jackson, Blake, and Patrick with 22, 18, and 17 points respectively. Every player on the roster played in this final game.
The Provincials were an awesome experience, and a great finish to an outstanding season, in which the Pride finished with a record of 24 -12, and ranked as 9th out of approximately 85, 2A boys teams in the province.
TH extends his thanks to all the boys for their dedication and efforts , which made for this outstanding season. A special thanks to the 6 Seniors, Curtis Dzioba, Jackson Kasko, , Patrick Larson, Dylan Laturnus, Brayden Ormann, and Blake Thompson for their efforts and contributions to the program, and best wishes for success in all their future endeavors. Also thanks, to Matt Craig and Colton Ball for their help and dedication as SR assistant and JR coaches.