CK bas­ket­ball play­ers hit the road for early-sea­son ex­pe­ri­ence

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The Cen­tral Kings Ru­ral High School Ga­tors se­nior boys’ bas­ket­ball team re­cently kicked off its 2018-19 sea­son play­ing in the Bathurst High School In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment.

The Ga­tors played their first game vs Ecole Ste Anne High School of Fred­er­ic­ton and came out on the short end of a 95-62 score. Alex Par­nell led the Ga­tors in scor­ing with 17 points, Isaac Moores added eight points and was very strong de­fen­sively to earn player of the game hon­ours.

In their sec­ond game, the CK boys re­bounded - lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively - to de­feat Ecole Se­condaire Nepisiq­uit of Bathurst by a 97-61 score. Par­nell earned player of the game hon­ours with his per­sonal best 44-point per- for­mance. Lance Keddy added 12 points.

The win ad­vanced the Ga­tors to the tour­na­ment semi-fi­nal against host Bathurst High School. The Ga­tors pulled out early to a six-point lead but a third-quar­ter de­fen­sive lapse saw them trail­ing by 14 points with three min­utes left in the third quar­ter. The play­ers picked up the de­fen­sive play and bat­tled back to be within four (81-77) with a minute left, thanks as well to some clutch shoot­ing by Nathan Par­nell in the fourth quar­ter. How­ever, BHS would hold on for an 87-77 win. Nathan Par­nell’s 19-point per­for­mance earned him player of the game hon­ours.

As well as the bas­ket­ball ac­tion, the Ga­tors had some ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties as well, vis­it­ing the “Boys in Red “me­mo­rial sites, which are ded­i­cated to BHS bas­ket­ball play- ers who lost their lives in a tragic ac­ci­dent in Jan­uary 2008.

The tragedy gar­nered na­tional at­ten­tion in 2008 when a van car­ry­ing the BHS se­nior boys’ bas­ket­ball team was struck by a trans­port truck, killing seven play­ers and the coach’s wife.

“I felt it would be good for the boys to learn about what hap­pened and re­al­ize how lucky they are to be play­ing high school sports. The mes­sage I gave them was that when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened, ev­ery­body re­acted to how those kids died, but ev­ery time kids step on the floor to play bas­ket­ball, they are cel­e­brat­ing how those kids lived,” said CK coach Paul Da­ley.

The Ga­tors also signed on to play in the Mi­ramichi Hoop Clas­sic tour­na­ment fea­tur­ing Divi­sion 1 schools in New Brunswick and PEI early this sea­son.


The Cen­tral Kings Ru­ral High School Ga­tors se­nior boys’ bas­ket­ball team con­sists of, front row, from left, Jack Fal­coner, Kade Freakes, An­drew Pi­neo, Gabriel Leoni, Tyler Robert­son. Back row, Coach Paul Da­ley, coach Chris Par­nell, Alex Par­nell, Nolan Og­den, David Ma­cLean, Isaac Moores, Charles Mi­randa, Ethan Mac­Dougall, Pierson Holmes, Lance Keddy, Nathan Par­nell, coach Dwayne Keddy, and coach Dana Pi­neo. Miss­ing from photo is Lan­don Har­vey.

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