Colts bas­ket­ball team .500 af­ter two tour­na­ments

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The Swift Cur­rent Comp. Se­nior Colts bas­ket­ball team was on the road over the weekend for the Wey­burn Com­pre­hen­sive Christ­mas Clas­sic.

The Colts won their open­ing game at the eight­team event be­fore los­ing the next two games to fin­ish fourth over­all dur­ing their sec­ond tour­na­ment of the sea­son. The Colts had opened their sea­son with a sec­ond-place fin­ish in Moose Jaw one week ear­lier.

The Colts opened their tour­na­ment in Wey­burn with an 86-66 win over Moose Jaw Vanier.

“With a mix of ex­pe­ri­ence on the court this sea­son, our first quar­ter of play tends to set us back un­til our play­ers can shake their anx­i­eties,” said firstyear head coach An­drew Judge.

“Over­all, a great turn­around by the sec­ond half with ter­rific lead­er­ship by Mar­cus May­all, Jor­dan Bloom, and Matt Bis­son­nette on and off the court.”

They faced the home­town squad in the semi­fi­nal and lost 99-65. 6’4’’ for­ward Jor­dan Bloom led the Colts with 18 points and 5’8’’ guard Jor­dan Braun added 11 points.

“Wey­burn is a strong team with a lot of tal­ent, but so are we,” said Judge. “This is our sec­ond loss to Wey­burn so far this sea­son, as we lost to them in the fi­nals at our first tour­na­ment.

With more ex­pe­ri­ence on the court this sea­son, and some de­vel­op­ment of our of­fenses, we look for­ward to fac­ing Wey­burn again. Vet­eran play­ers, such as Mar­cus May­all, Jor­dan Bloom, Joshua Braun and Jor­dan Braun, and first year se­nior play­ers, such as Kris­tian Lubi and Brent Ker­slake, kept this game fast-paced and com­pet­i­tive.”

The Colts con­cluded the tour­na­ment with an 82-65 loss to Melfort in the bronze medal game. Bloom paced the Colts again with 23 points and Jor­dan Braun added 10 points.

“We started off this game at a great pace, but it came down to straight shoot­ing per­cent­ages,” ex­plained Judge. “Our Colts kept the de­fense in­side strong with great re­bound­ing by Jor­dan Bloom and Tan­ner Wil­liams, but Melfort’s out­side shoot­ing put them quickly ahead by the end of the first quar­ter.”

The Colts fin­ished the first por­tion of their sea­son with three wins and three losses with six tour­na­ments ahead of them in 2014 be­fore the SHSAA pro­vin­cial play­offs be­gin.

The Colts’ next ac­tion will be the Cen­tral Col­le­giate In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment on Jan­uary 10-11 when they open the tour­na­ment against the Prince Al­bert St. Mary Ma­raud­ers, the de­fend­ing 4A pro­vin­cial cham­pi­ons.

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