Daily Herald Staff
There will be a lot of nervous moments until the phone rings today letting Prince Albert’s high school senior basketball teams know what their plans will be for regional competitions this weekend.
St. Mary senior boys easily captured the conference championship in Tisdale on the weekend defeating the hosts 124-51 in their first game and then outscoring Melfort 95-63 in the final. St. Mary knows they advance to a regional tournament, but they have to wait to see if they will be hosting it.
Evan Parchomchuk with 19 points and Arliss McCloy with 14 led St. Mary in the rout of Tisdale while Connor Murray led the way with 22 points and 10 assists in the win over Melfort. Austin Oleksyn and Brandon Bonneau also had big games in the final scoring 17 points each.
Carlton senior boys, who fell 84-71 to Melfort in their opening game before blasting Nipawin 65-11, have to wait to see if they will be invited to a regional event as a wild-card team.
On the girl’s draw, Carlton finished first at the conference playdown held in Humboldt when they outlasted St. Mary 62-47 in the final game.
Carlton, which will definitely move on to a regional tournament, opened the conference event with a 54-41 triumph over Humboldt. St. Mary, who should also be invited to a regional qualifier as a result of their second-place finish, defeated Melfort 53-26 in their first conference game on Saturday.
Regionals are the final step to advancing to the HOOPLA tournament in Regina in mid-March. St. Mary senior boys are the defending provincial 4A champions and they have been torching up the tournament trail this year in search of winning back-to-back titles.