Cy­clones win se­nior boys In­vi­ta­tional

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The Cen­tral Cy­clones picked up a cham­pi­onship dur­ing their home tour­na­ment this past week­end – and earned a mea­sure of re­venge in the process.

The Cy­clones built a 26-6 lead in the first quar­ter and never looked back against the Saska­toon Wal­ter Mur­ray Ma­raud­ers dur­ing the gold medal game of the 58th an­nual In­vi­ta­tional Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment at Pea­cock on Satur­day af­ter­noon, rolling to a 92-58 win.

The vic­tory was es­pe­cially sweet since the Cy­clones – then an in­jured and banged-up bunch com­ing off the close of foot­ball sea­son – had lost to Wal­ter Mur­ray in the con­so­la­tion fi­nal of the sea­son-open­ing Bowlt tour­na­ment in Saska­toon.

“They’re a really good team, they com­peted with us the en­tire time and it’s a re­demp­tion from the last tour­na­ment we were at with them,” said Cy­clones se­nior Hardill Khub­ber, who led all scor­ers with 22 points. “That pushed us a lot, our full of­fence was good and our de­fence played great right from the be­gin­ning. They have big peo­ple in­side and we just kept with them, thanks to the coaches, they had us really pre­pared for this one.” The Cy­clones of­fen­sive bal­ance was once again on dis­play in the fi­nal, as five play­ers hit dou­ble dig­its. In ad­di­tion to Khub­ber’s show­ing, Jax­son Brownell picked up 16 points, Kyle Boughen and Fharis Ebet 12 each and Max Coul­son 10.

That kind of uni­ver­sal team per­for­mance has been one of the main keys for Cen­tral at the start of the sea­son, some­thing Khub­ber ex­pects will re­main the same. “We have a good group of se­niors and we’ve lost two pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships in a row, so this year we’re really push­ing for it and giv­ing it all we have,” he said. “It’s been go­ing good for us so far.”

Cen­tral opened the tour­na­ment with a 93-58 win over North Bat­tle­ford John Paul II be­fore down­ing the Este­van Elecs 87-51. That sent them into the first place pool where they took an 89-63 win over the Wey­burn Ea­gles, who had de­feated Cen­tral in the last two Hoopla cham­pi­onship fi­nals.

The Vanier Vik­ings posted a 1-1 record in the round robin, los­ing a heart­breaker 70-69 to Wey­burn in their open­ing game be­fore re­bound­ing with a 57-46 win over North Bat­tle­ford Com­pre­hen­sive. That was enough to put them in the se­cond-place pool, where they fell in the semi­fi­nal 81-77 to John Paul II.

The Pea­cock Toil­ers went 1-2 in their four-team round robin pool, de­feat­ing the Melfort Comets 70-47 to go along with a 74-44 loss to Wal­ter Mur­ray and 82-73 de­feat at the hands of the York­ton Raiders. That sent the Toil­ers into the third-place pool fi­nal, where they fell 78-74 to Este­van.

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