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.