‘The gym was rock­ing’

Shel­burne team claims re­gional ban­ner at North­east Kings

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Ash­ley.thomp­son@kingscountynews.ca

Shel­burne Re­gional High School has a new ban­ner to dis­play af­ter the di­vi­sion two western re­gion cham­pi­onships at North­east Kings.

“They all play so well to­gether. They have amaz­ing pass­ing… and shoot­ers,” said Eric Macmil­lan, head coach of the NKEC Ti­tans se­nior boys’ bas­ket­ball team.

Shel­burne topped King’s-edge­hill 92-71 in the Feb. 17 fi­nal to earn the dis­tinc­tion of re­gional cham­pi­ons. Macmil­lan said King’s-edge­hill held their own in the cham­pi­onship game.

“They’ve got some big­ger bod­ies in there… and they’re good re­bound­ers,” he said.

The West Kings Wolver­ines beat the Cen­tral Kings Ga­tors to claim third place, and the fourth­place fin­ish will give CK an­other chance to qual­ify for provin­cials.

With eight teams ad­vanc­ing to re­gion­als, the play­ers went into the tour­na­ment know­ing a loss in the games played Feb. 16 would re­sult in elim­i­na­tion. NKEC ad­vanced to re­gion­als ranked first in league play, but suf­fered elim­i­na­tion at the hands of CK in the first game.

“Both teams are quite young and we both like to run… they were just a lit­tle bit quicker off the floor,” said Macmil­lan, not­ing that NKEC trailed early on but the game was tied twice in the fourth quar­ter.

“It just came down ba­si­cally to who had the ball at the end… it was right down to the wire. It was a hard-fought bat­tle right un­til Cen­tral Kings player Lance Keddy shoots and gets blocked at the net by NKEC player James Mun­day.

the very end.”

Macmil­lan com­mended vol­un­teers, staff and stu­dents for mak­ing the event en­joy­able for ath­letes and fans alike. He was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the fan­fare dur­ing NKEC’S nail-biter match against Cen­tral Kings.

“The gym was rock­ing,” he said.

“It re­ally showed the North­east Kings pride.”

Macmil­lan said both NKEC and CK have rel­a­tively young teams, and he’s look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the Ga­tors on the courts again next year. He was pleased with his team’s per­for­mance through­out the sea­son, which saw many

back-and-forth con­tests be­tween Val­ley schools.

“I ab­so­lutely loved coach­ing this group of boys. They’re fan­tas­tic,” he said, adding that the vast ma­jor­ity of the team is re­turn­ing next sea­son.

“We’re in a very good place go­ing for­ward next year and the year af­ter.”

Macmil­lan ex­pects to see some great com­pe­ti­tion from schools through­out the An­napo­lis Val­ley in the 2018-19 sea­son.

“There’s some re­ally good young play­ers in the Val­ley.”

SARA ERIC­S­SON

SARA ERIC­S­SON

Oickle brings down to of­fen­sive zone as Nathan Par­nell de­fends.

SARA ERIC­S­SON

Oickle gets blocked as he goes for the bas­ket.

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