Neck-and-neck

Cen­tral Kings and North­east Kings bas­ket­ball game sees first place team ousted

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS - KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Sara.eric­s­son@kingscountynews.ca

It was an in­tense game that saw both teams within just points of the other, but Cen­tral Kings has beaten first place team North­east Kings 77-73 Feb. 16 to move on in the boys’ re­gional cham­pi­onships.

It was also a noisy game, with the gym filled with cheers from the school’s stu­dents who turned out for the match keep­ing both teams amped up and on their toes as they ran across the court.

Sev­eral time­outs were called dur­ing the fi­nal min­utes of play, when the teams were back and forth within just five points af­ter each other.

Cen­tral Kings’ grade nine player Nolan Og­den ce­mented the team’s vic­tory with two win­ning fowl shot points. The crowd erupted af­ter he made the shot.

The game’s fi­nal score was 77-73 for Cen­tral Kings.

“For him to step up there and make that shot, it was a huge mo­ment for him, and for the team,” said Cen­tral Kings coach Paul Da­ley.

Cen­tral Kings’ sea­son started out rocky, with the team sit­ting at 1 win and 23 losses by Jan­uary 31.

Their come­back, cou­pled with this win, means the team was feel­ing proud af­ter their wel­learned win, ac­cord­ing to Da­ley.

North­east Kings coach Eric Macmil­lan took a somber breath as the fi­nal sec­onds ticked off the clock, and con­grat­u­lated his guys on their hard fought game.

As the tour­na­ment favourites, the loss came as a bit of a sur­prise for the team.

“They out­ran us to­day. We let them get ahead of us, and we did make a come­back, but ul­ti­mately they came out on top,” he said, as his voice gave out from all the back and forth he had with his play­ers dur­ing the high­pres­sure game.

“I’m not happy, but we’ve got a young team, and we’re build­ing up this year.”

North­east Kings se­nior player James Mun­day spoke about how his team didn’t start the game off as strong as they’d hoped, but ral­lied in the sec­ond half.

“If we’d played that hard for the en­tire game, we might have had it,” he said.

He said host­ing the tour­na­ment and play­ing in front of the school made it all even more ex­cit­ing, de­spite the bit­ter­sweet end­ing.

“There were some nerves, for sure, but it’s nice to have the fans on your side. It gives the build­ing a lot of en­ergy,” he said.

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