Bears lose nail­biter at Coal Bowl Clas­sic

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY GREG MACVICAR


— 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.

Greg MacVicar - Cape Bre­ton Post

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.

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