High School Basketball Highlights
High School basketball resumed last week after a two week Christmas break. Beginning this week, will be another three week break as the Grade 12 prepare for diploma exams.
Many of the local teams try and compensate the lack of league games by participating in invitational tournaments. Since the start of the season the Leduc Comp boys’ team have played in the Ross Shepard 21st Annual Totem Hoop Classic where they defeated Ponoka in their final game after two tough losses to Paul Kane and Okotoks’ Foothills. They then traveled to Ponoka and won their first game in a decisive victory over Lindsay Thurber of Red Deer 78 to 44. In their second game the Wetaskiwin Sabres downed them 70 to 61. The Sabres would then lose the championship game to the host Ponoka Broncs 50 to 42. The Broncs were the same team the Tigers had defeated the week before. Meanwhile Leduc was awarded third when they defeated Springbank. For the Leduc’s third tournament they once again hit the road, this time to Airdrie to compete in the George McDougall Invitational. The Tigers were no match for Calgary’s Ernest Manning and won 82 to 69 in the first round match. In their second contest they faced another Calgary team Father Lacombe. Father Lacombe is currently ranked fifth in the province and showed why as they defeated Leduc 91 to 67 and went on to win the tournament. In the game for third place the Tigers faced the Cobra’s from Cochrane and lost a well-played game 66 to 63.
Meanwhile the Leduc Comp and the Christ the King (CTK) girls were also involved in their own tournaments. The CTK girls travelled to Assumption to take part in the 15th annual Crusader’s Charity Cup Invitational. CTK faced the Royals from Cold Lake in the first round and came away with a victory and advanced to the semifinals against the Lams from Central High School located in Sedgwick. The game was close throughout with the Lams eking out a narrow 38 to 34 victory. The loss sent the Chargers into the third place game against St. Jerome’s of Vermilion. The results of this game were not available at press time.
The Leduc Comp girls travelled to Cochrane on Jan 10th & 11th to compete in a tournament with teams from Canmore, Rundle College and Memorial Composite of Calgary, Bow Valley, and host Cochrane. The teams were split into two pools of three and Leduc found them in a very competitive pool as all three teams ended with one win and one lost. When the dust had settled Cochrane advanced to the final and Leduc to the Consolation Final where results were not available at press time.
In Metro League all three teams find themselves in the top half of their respected pools. The Leduc boys have played three league games winning two of them and are placed 4th in the nine-team pool. They defeated Eastglen and Salisbury while dropping a game to Millwoods Christian Academy. To date the Leduc girls have only played one league game and defeated Eastglen 63 to 43. This leaves them in a three-way tie for second in their eight-team pool. The CTK girls have played the most league games to date and sport a 2 win 2 lost record. CTK is 4th in the nine-team pool.
The teams will not return to league play until Monday, February 3rd when Leduc Comp faces Holy Trinity and CTK on Tuesday the 4th of February travels to JH Picard to take on the Pumas.
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