St. Mary falls short in comeback bid at Yorkton senior boy's hoops tournament

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Meath Park and Weyburn battle for control of a rebound during C-event final action of a Grade 9/10 boy's basketball tournament held at Carlton Comprehensive High School on the weekend. Double overtime was needed before Weyburn prevailed in the first tournament action held at the new Carlton gymnasium.

Daily Herald Staff

The St. Mary High School senior boy’s basketball team dug themselves a huge hole in the first half, came out of it for a bit of air in the second, but in the end had to settle for the silver medal at a tournament held in Yorkton on the weekend.

St. Mary trailed Weyburn by 20 points at half-time in the gold-medal game, but rebounded to grab a 65-63 advantage before eventually falling 81-75. Austin Oleksyn led the Marauders with 25 points and 10 rebounds in the championship final while Connor Murray had 21 points and 12 boards.

St. Mary opened the tournament with a 91-40 rout of Lumsden and then outscored Moose Jaw Vanier 93-52 in their second outing. In their semifinal match against Melfort, St. Mary built a 53-8 lead at half-time and then cruised to an 82-35 victory to earn a berth in the final game.

Brandon Bonneau and Evan Parchomchuk led the Marauders in their opening win with 17 points each while Murray, who was the St. Mary all-star in the tournament, had 24 points to lead the way against Moose Jaw. Aaron Halyk with 15 points and Oleksyn with 14 paced the attack in the semifinal rout over Melfort.

Carlton Crusaders were also at the tournament and a free throw with less than a second on the clock was the difference in a 63-62 loss to Melfort in the bronze-medal game. Jullian Bird, the Crusaders’ tournament all-star, had 23 points to lead all shooters in that game.

Carlton opened the tournament with a 77-27 decision over Moosomin and followed that up with an 85-76 victory over the host Yorkton Regional squad before falling 83-53 to Weyburn in the other semifinal match.

Next up for both the Marauders and Crusaders is the St. Mary tournament next weekend. Eight teams are entered in the event with action beginning on Friday afternoon.

In girl’s play, Carlton won the consolation final at a tournament held in Warman when they beat Estevan 63-47. Carley Zultok led the way with 25 points for the Crusaders, who lost 71-48 to Moose Jaw Peacock in their opening match before beating Meadow Lake 57-34 in their next tilt.

St. Mary was also at the Warman tournament and after beating Estevan 64-38 to open the event they lost 70-49 to Warman in semifinal action and then were outscored 51-40 by Saskatoon’s Bishop Mahoney in the bronze-medal contest.

Both St. Mary and Carlton will be at a tournament in North Battleford next weekend.

One final basketball event from the weekend had Carlton host a 12-team Grade 9/10 boy’s tournament to christen the new gymnasium that was officially opened on Thursday.

Melfort was the lone team to go undefeated as they capped off the championship with a win over St. Mary-Hudon in the A-event final.

Carlton’s Michalchuk/Mudry team won the B-event with a victory over St. Mary-Hunko and Weyburn needed double overtime to edge Meath Park in the C-event final.

 

Organizations: Daily Herald, Mary High School

Geographic location: Yorkton, Weyburn, Melfort Warman Moose Jaw Moosomin Saskatoon North Battleford Meath Park

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