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The Carlton Comprehensive High School senior boyâ€™s basketball team had an easy start, but then they had to put in some extra work to claim the title at the Warman invitational tournament on the weekend.
After opening the event with a 58-25 decision over Lumsden, the Crusaders needed overtime to get past Meadow Lake 58-52 in the semifinals and it went right down to the wire in the gold-medal tilt before Carlton emerged with a 64-61 verdict over the host Warman team.
Dave Chettri was the top Carlton scorer in the championship game with 15 points while Devereaux Gatin added 14.
The Crusaders will now play a pair of exhibition games this week when they face Birch Hills on Tuesday before taking on cross-town rival St. Mary Marauders in the annual Food Bank Classic on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary High School.
Fans are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the game on Wednesday and that will be used as admission to the match. All items collected will be then donated to the Prince Albert Food Bank as that organization prepares for a busy Christmas season.
Next tournament action for the Carlton senior boyâ€™s team is Dec. 21-22 when they will attend the Birch Hills event.
The St. Mary senior boyâ€™s squad, who entered the weekend with tournament championships in their last two outings â€“ North Battleford and at Carlton â€“ were in Saskatoon for the Centennial Collegiate Invitational.
A 78-70 loss to Walter Murray from Saskatoon in their opening game dropped the Marauders to the consolation event where they reeled off consecutive victories over Yorkton (74-53) and the host Centennial squad (81-32) to claim the consolation championship.
Aaron Halyk led the Maraudersâ€™ offense against Walter Murray scoring 21 points with George Leberio chipping in with 17. Against Yorkton it was Patience Ischimwe leading the way with 23 points and in the final game against Centennial it was Evan Parchomchuk with 15 points and Brian Tolentino adding 14.
The Carlton and St. Mary senior girlâ€™s teams were busy this weekend as well with Crusaders hosting their annual Carlton Invitational tournament.
North Battleford Composite won the title at the eight-team event when they got past Moose Jaw Peacock in the championship final while St. Mary claimed the consolation title with a win over Meath Park. The host Carlton squad crushed North Battleford John Paul II 74-26 in their opening game before losing to the North Battleford Composite in the semifinals. Carlton then played Meadow Lake for the bronze medal, but results were unavailable.