Bre­ton Bears open de­fence of Coal Bowl with victory

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY GREG MACVICAR gmacvicar@cb­

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.

Steve Wad­den - Cape Bre­ton Post

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.

Steve Wad­den - Cape Bre­ton Post

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.

Steve Wad­den - Cape Bre­ton Post

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.

Steve Wad­den - Cape Bre­ton Post

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.

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