Marauders bring home silver medal from HOOPLA
Daily Herald Staff
It was a season with a silver lining rather than a golden sheen as the St. Mary senior boy’s basketball team finished second in 4A action at the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association’s HOOPLA tournament in Regina on the weekend.
The Marauders, who captured the title a year ago, were dethroned by Moose Jaw Peacock in a hard-fought 78-62 decision in the championship game.
“We didn’t do some things we should have done,” said St. Mary head coach Dale Regel. “I’m pretty pleased with the effort. We’re a young team and we made some young mistakes.”
Connor Murray led the St. Mary attack with 20 points in the final game while Brandon Bonneau chipped in with 12. The Marauders, who trailed 38-21 in the first half, struggled at the free-throw line making only 11 of 25 attempts while their shooting percentage from outside the arc was even worse as the only nailed seven of 38 three-point attempts.
To get to the final the Marauders turned in a solid performance on Friday when they outscored Weyburn 92-65. Austin Oleksyn was the big shooter in that game draining 20 points while Evan Parchomchuk and Aaron Halyk each had 17. Murray and Bonneau once again had solid performances as each netted 16 points in the victory.
Where the Marauders excelled in the win over Weyburn was on the boards as they hauled in 69 rebounds with Halyk leading the way with 18 and Parchomchuk collecting 16.
St. Mary finished the season with a 34-5 record with Moose Jaw Peacock handing the Marauders three of those losses while Weyburn had also beaten them once during the busy tournament season.
Earning the well deserved silver medals for St. Mary were Connor Murray, Luke Smith, Taryn Wyatt, Austin Oleksyn, Evan Parchomchuk, Brandon Leblanc, Arliss McCloy, Aaron Halyk, Kienan Holash, James Thomas, Danny Martin, Sheldon Charles and Brandon Bonneau. Helping Regel with the coaching duties were Gerry Tolentino and Dwayne Gareau.
One other local club was also at HOOPLA with Kinistino losing the bronze-medal game in the 1A girl’s division 82-64 to Regina Harvest City. Kinistino had opened the tournament with a 72-60 setback to Kenaston.