Breton Bears open defence of Coal Bowl with victory
NEW WATERFORD — The host and defending champion Breton Education Centre Bears bested the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School Royals, 82-66, in their opener at the New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic, Monday night.
Pacing BEC’s offence were Kyle MacDonald with a game-high 27 points, Colin Larade following with 20 and Jeremy Piovesan potting 18 points.
Leading the Royals’ cause were Keegan Meyer recording 26 points and Alex Hinchey adding 11.
The tournament’s opening ceremonies prior to final game featured all the pomp associated with the Coal Bowl, including 14 princesses dressed in gowns all colours of the rainbow each representing a team, a parade of players, high school band music and speeches galore.
Two banners were raised, one for the 2009 champion BEC Bears basketball team and one for the Mount Carmel Mounties soccer teams from 1961 and 1962.
Also honoured were Stephen (Ness) Timmons and Donna (Brunette) Petrie, both of whom had 2010 Coal Bowl divisions named after them and were presented with plaques.
“It was an honour for sure,” said Timmons, who has a long history of playing and coaching multiple sports across the country and now coaches the Cape Breton University Capers women’s soccer team. “ This is much more than a basketball tournament. It’s a whole festive atmosphere.”
Petrie was also a consummate athlete, coach and volunteer.
“It’s pretty cool,” she said of having a division named after her. “It’s nice to be up in the ranks with the people who’ve been honoured in the past.”
Petrie, whose parents have both passed away, showed off her plaque to her substitute “mothers” 90-year-old Hughena Roach and 88-year-old Margaret MacLellan, former neighbours who were both cheering on the Bears, Monday night.
“I like to support the cause and watch the beautiful young people,” said MacLellan, a mother of 10 children, including five sons and one daughter who played school basketball growing up in New Waterford. “They were good players too if I say so myself.”
Three of those players surrounded their mother at the BEC gym Monday, including Archie of Calgary, Colonel of Margaree Centre and Collins of New Waterford.
The most touching presentation of all was made when Mike McFarland, head coach of the Notre Dame High School Pride of Calgary, presented BEC Bears fan Janet Morrison of New Waterford with a cowboy hat.
“ You have without a doubt been the most outstanding basketball fan we’ve ever seen,” said McFarland, who met Morrison when he was last at the Coal Bowl in 2008. “She just bleeds green and white for BEC. She’s just a very special person.”
St. John’s 58, Riverview 51
In earlier play Monday, the Gonzaga High School Vikings of St. John’s, N.L. edged the Riverview Royals 58-51.
Top Gonzaga scorers were Ryan Brockerville with 14 points, and Ryan Wood and Theo Staoev adding 12 points apiece.
Pacing Riverview’s offence were Ryan Hooper with 12 points and Kelson Devereaux posting 11 points.
The Newfoundland team led 36-29 at halftime.
QEH 85, École Secondaire Roger-Comtois 38
Earlier in the afternoon, Rober Go scored 22 points to lead Queen Elizabeth High School of Halifax to a 85-38 thumping of the École Secondaire Roger-Comtois Patriotes. Following Go was Diljot Pannu with 12 points.
Leading the Patriotes was Gabriel LaFlamme scoring 10 points.
The Halifax side led 47-19 at halftime.
Charlottetown 89, Sackville, N.S. 69.
The first game of the day saw the Charlottetown Rural High School Raiders rout the Sackville High School Kingfishers 89-69.
Sean Seviour held the hot hand for the Charlottetown squad with 22 points, followed by Aaron Robbins recording 20 and Jacob Simmons posting 19 points.
Leading Sackville were Cody Timmons potting 15 points, Jordan Brooks with 14 and Ben Rossong recording 12 points.
Breton Education Centre Bears fan Janet Morrison of New Waterford, who was presented a cowboy hat by the Notre Dame High School Pride of Calgary, cheers during New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic action, Monday.
The Breton Education Centre Bears get psyched up for their opening game against the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals in the 2010 New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic at the BEC gym, Monday. BEC won their opener 82-66.
Kelson Devereaux, right, of the Riverview Royals goes hard to the basket under pressure from Morgan MacDonald of the Gonzaga High School Vikings, from St. John’s NL, during their game in the 2010 New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic at the Breton Education Centre gym, Monday. Vikings won, 58-51.
Kyle MacDonald of the Breton Education Centre Bears lifts a layup just out of the reach of defending Kory Redden of the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals, of Antigonish, during BEC’s first game in the 2010 New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic, Monday. The Bears won, 82-66.