Hoopla Bound

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The Shau­navon Shad­ows are the top seeded 3A boys team af­ter ad­vanc­ing to Hoopla this week­end in Moose Jaw

The top ranked Shau­navon Shad­ows se­cured a spot at Hoopla this week­end with a Re­gional Cham­pi­onship ti­tle on home court on Satur­day.

The Shad­ows opened their Re­gional tour­na­ment with a 114-76 win over the Ea­gle­view Ea­gles on Fri­day evening.

The Shad­ows scored at will in the first quar­ter as they got con­tri­bu­tions from all five starters on their way to an early 42-13 lead.

The tal­ented Ea­gles fought back with 36 points in the sec­ond quar­ter but still trailed 62-39 at the in­ter­mis­sion.

The third quar­ter was a stand­off with the Shad­ows outscor­ing the Ea­gles by a sin­gle point be­fore dis­tanc­ing them­selves once again in the fourth quar­ter as the Ea­gles’ short bench fi­nally caught up to them.

Grade 10 marks­men Matthew Be­nesh led the Shad­ows with 34 points, while Jay Selvig chipped in 22. Wind­dancer Waske­witch poured in 30 points in a los­ing cause for the Ea­gles.

Satur­day, the Shad­ows booked a trip to Hoopla with an 84-62 win over the Out­look Blues.

Grade 10 post Jesse Voll had an in­cred­i­ble game as he led the Shad­ows with 34 points and 39 re­bounds. Be­nesh added 22 points as he av­er­aged 28 points over the week­end.

The Shad­ows tried to neu­tral­ize Blues’ star Dustin Brown, who still scored 34 points de­spite the ex­tra at­ten­tion. “We did our best to neu­tral­ize him but he is a good player,” said Shad­ows coach Tim Miller. “He shot from any­where and ev­ery­where and ev­ery­thing just went swoosh.”

Miller thought that the home gym ad­van­tage was a ben­e­fit to the Shad­ows even though he feared that the small con­fines would help the much larger Out­look team. He also noted a strong con­tri­bu­tion from grade 11 post Marty Funk, who pro­vided some mus­cle down low.

The Shad­ows will face Clavet in the pro­vin­cial semi-fi­nals on Fri­day in Moose Jaw in their first trip to Hoopla since win­ning a sil­ver medal in 2008.

They have not played against or seen Clavet this sea­son, but Miller planned to get on the phone Sun­day to gather some in­for­ma­tion on their semi-fi­nal op­po­nent.

Only grade 12’s Karl Wilkins and Thomas Bris­tow have played at Hoopla be­fore, while

Be­nesh has been there since he was four-years-old so he should be fa­mil­iar with the at­mos­phere and pres­sure associated with the 48-team tour­na­ment to de­ter­mine the 10 boys and girls pro­vin­cial cham­pi­ons in the 1A-5A clas­si­fi­ca­tions.

Shau­navon Shad­ows for­ward Jesse Voll was a dom­i­nat­ing in­side pres­ence dur­ing Re­gion­als.

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