Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Girls Dragons and Boys Sabres first at 2016 Chinook Basketball Post Season Championship Tournament

Post Season Champions:
Livingstone Senior Boys Sabres
St. Michael's Senior Girls Dragons
Josh Davis

The 2016 Chinook Basketball Post Season Championship Tournament took place from Thursday March 3 to Saturday March 5, spread out across four different schools.

On Thursday games 1 and 2 of the tournament were played at 6 pm. In Nanton, JT Foster played County Central, while Matthew Halton played Piikani in Brocket. Matthew Halton and JT Foster won their games, and advanced to the next round.

Video: Girls for third Kainai Lady Warriors vs JT Foster Raiders (0:00 - : 2:27), Boys for third Coalhurst Trojans vs Kainai Warriors (2:28 - : 4:08), Girls Final Pincher Creek Dragons vs Coalhurst Crusaders (4:09 - : 9:13), Boys Final: Livingstone Sabres vs Saint Michael's Dragons (9:14 - 14:55)

On Friday the girls teams played game three and four at Halton, with Pincher Creek’s JV and SV teams playing each other at noon, and the Kainai Lady Warriors playing Nobleford at 1:30 pm. Kainai and the SV Pincher Creek Dragons advanced to the second round.

Trojans mascot
The Boys played games 5 through 8 on Friday: Livingstone defeated JT Foster, Kainai defeated the Crowsnest Pass, Coalhurst defeated Nobleford, and Saint Michael’s defeated Matthew Halton.

The girls started early on Saturday, with the Pincher Creek Dragons playing JT foster at Halton at 9am, while Coalhurst played Kainai at Saint Michael’s at the same time. The Pincher Creek Girls Dragons and Kainai Lady Warriors advanced to the finals, while JT Foster and Coalhurst were set to play for third place.

At 10:45 Livingstone played Kainai at Matthew Halton, while Coalhurst played St Michael’s at St Michael’s. The Livingstone Sabres and St Michael’s Dragons won their games, earning them a shot at the championships, placing Coalhurst and Kainai against each other for the finals.

Game 13: Kainai Lady Warriors vs JT Foster Raiders for third

The JT Foster Raiders played Kainai’s Lady Warriors in the girl’s consolation game. The Warriors gained a small early lead and defended it well, with the first quarter ending 13-10, and the second ending 26-20. The Warriors pressed their advantage with their in-your-face style of basketball, widening the gap in the second half of the game. The Warriors emerged victorious, winning the consolation game 45-31.

Game 14: Coalhurst Trojans vs Kainai Warriors for third

The Coalhurst Trojans played the Kainai Warriors in the boys consolation game. Kainai gained a respectable lead early in the game, and kept it throughout, winning by a wide margin.

Game 15: Girls Championship Game - Coalhurst Crusaders vs Pincher Creek Dragons

The Coalhurst Crusaders played the Pincher Creek Girls Dragons in the girls finals, and let me tell you this game was a nailbiter. The Dragons looked strong, earning a 6-0 lead off of two 3 pointers in the opening minutes. However, the Crusaders weren’t intimidated, and the first quarter ended with the Dragons in the lead by two points. The Dragons defended their lead well in the second and third quarters, but Coalhurst trailed steadily behind them, leaving the girls with little breathing room. The score was 53-46 at the end of the quarter, with a two point basket made right on the buzzer. The Crusaders nearly caught up with the Dragons in the final quarter, sitting four points behind the Dragons partway through it. However, they made crucial penalties in this final quarter, and the Dragons emerged victorious 69-63 to win the championship.

Game 16: Boys Championship Game - Livingstone Sabres vs Saint Michael’s Dragons

The first quarter of the boys finals was incredibly tight. This game was something of a rematch from last month’s Hawks Classic, and it brought out better play from both teams. The Sabres gained a small lead early in the game, but the Hawks quickly caught up, and both teams traded fairly evenly, with the Hawks in the lead 19-18 at the end of the first quarter. However, the Sabres regained the lead in the second quarter, making rapid fire goals and demonstrating solid defensive play. The Dragons were playing with greater ferocity in this engagement; however their shooting was not where it needed to be in this match-up, and their patterns were somewhat predictable, giving the Sabres a defensive edge. The Sabres #12 Jonathan Erickson worked up a sweat in this game, using his height to his advantage both offensively and defensively. The Sabres won this game by a wide 88-57 margin to earn the Post-Season Championship

2015/16 St. Michael's Dragons
2015/16 Livingstone Sabres

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