Bears lose nailbiter at Coal Bowl Classic
— It was a nailbiter in the final minute, but the host and defending champion Breton Education Centre Bears lost their semifinal match 71-66 to the Charlottetown Rural High School Raiders in New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic action at BEC gym Friday night.
The Bears, ahead 12-2 at one point early in the contest, were down 67-62 with one minute remaining in the game.
BEC’s Kyle MacDonald then scored to bring the Bears within three points. And his teammate Jeremy Piovesan hit two foul shots to take the defending champs within one with 25 seconds remaining, bringing the loud, green-clad crowd to their feet.
But that was all she wrote for the BEC side.
Charlottetown’s Sean Seviour hit a pair of foul shots to put the P.E.I. squad, who had their own boisterous cheering section in the house, up 69-66.
Piovesan just missed a threepoint shot to tie the match with 10 seconds remaining and Seviour netted two more foul shots for the 71-66 finish.
The Bears will meet the Queen Elizabeth High School Royals of Surrey, B.C. in the consolation today at noon, followed by the championship at 2 p.m. between the Charlottetown team and the Gonzaga High School Vikings of St. John’s, N.L.
Gonzaga 56, QEH 52
The second semifinal game of the night saw Gonzaga edge the Surrey, B.C. team 56-52.
Leading the Newfoundlanders were Ryan Wood scoring 16 points, Morgan MacDonald good for 14 and Ryan Brockerville recording 11 points.
Diljot Pannu paced the Surrey side with 12 points.
QEH 60, Dr. J.H. Gillis 53
A late afternoon contest saw the Surrey, B.C. squad clip the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals of Antigonish 6053.
Pannu paced the B.C. side with 18 points. Justin Chisholm also netted 18 points to lead Dr. J.H. Gillis, followed by Andrew Dobbin potting 11.
Riverview 80, Charlottetown 65
In earlier play, the Riverview Royals routed Charlottetown 8065.
Ryan Hooper recorded 21 points to lead the Coxheath school, followed by Jeff Green netting 12 and Josh Harris potting 11 points.
Seviour held the hot hand for the Raiders with 19 points, while his teammate Andrew Clark marked 11 points.
Sackville 102, Notre Dame 96
In a relatively high-scoring affair, Jordan Brooks went to the net for 37 points to lead the Sackville Kingfishers to a 102-96 victory over the Notre Dame High School Pride of Calgary.
Following Brooks were Tremaine Boudreau potting 31 points and Cody Timmons tallying 24 points.
Pacing Notre Dame’s offence were Josh Jebose scoring 27 points, Anthony Manful adding 12 and David Lodovica chipping in 11 points.
École Secondaire Roger-Comtois 68, St. Joseph’s 52
Friday’s opening match-up saw the École Secondaire Roger- Comtois Patriotes of Loretteville, Que. defeat the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Crusaders of Brooks, Alta. 68-52.
Arnaud Songa-Cote scored a game-high 28 points to pace the Patriotes, followed by Thomas Benelcazar recording 18 points and Gabriel LaFlamme posted 14 points.
Colin Larade of the host Breton Education Centre Bears gets set to score, bookended by Kyle Gillis, left, and Jacob Simmons of the Charlottetown Raiders during New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic play at BEC gym, Friday. The Raiders won, 71-66.