Colts host tour­ney

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The host Swift Cur­rent Comp. Colts se­nior boys bas­ket­ball team placed fourth out of six teams at the Doug Arm­strong Me­mo­rial In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment dur­ing this past weekend.

The Swift Cur­rent Comp. Colts se­nior boys bas­ket­ball team won a pair of games at the Doug Arm­strong Me­mo­rial In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment to place fourth out of six teams on their home court.

The Colts opened the tour­na­ment Fri­day against the Moose Jaw Cen­tral Cy­clones and could not keep up with a deep op­po­nent in an 87-56 loss.

The Colts only trailed by five points af­ter one quar­ter and then limited Cen­tral to 14 sec­ond-quar­ter points to trail 33-29 at half­time. The Cy­clones came out fir­ing in the third quar­ter and broke the game open with 29 points to lead 62-42 head­ing into the fourth quar­ter.

The Colts took on the York­ton Re­gional Raiders on Satur­day morn­ing and picked up the win to even their record at 1-1.

The Colts con­cluded the weekend with an 84-71 win over the North Bat­tle­ford Comp. Vik­ings.

They led 41-32 at half­time and stretched their lead to 61-47 af­ter three quar­ters be­fore cruis­ing to the win.

“We played good most of the weekend,” said Grade 10 guard Cyril Amoyen, one of the team’s leading scor­ers this sea­son. “The first game wasn’t that good be­cause we never let up, we were just cold the whole game. But the next two games we played amaz­ing I think.”

Amoyen said it was dis­ap­point­ing to end up on the bot­tom half of the draw af­ter los­ing their opener to Moose Jaw Cen­tral.

The Colts now have a 12 wins and 10 losses on the sea­son.

Amoyen felt the team is do­ing pretty good so far.

“We are a young team. We only have like five Grade 12s. Other teams bet­ter be ready for next year.”

The light­ning quick guard im­mi­grated to Canada from the Philip­pines two years ago.

“The people are way taller, that’s for sure,” he said of the on-court ad­just­ment.

“We need car­dio to play here. In the Philip­pines we just slack off and stuff. I have learned a lot of things about bas­ket­ball here in Canada,” said Amoyen, who noted that bas­ket­ball’s pop­u­lar­ity back home is sim­i­lar to hockey here in Canada.

The Colts will be in North Bat­tle­ford this weekend for their fi­nal tune-up be­fore the provin­cial play­offs be­gin the fol­low­ing weekend with a con­fer­ence tour­na­ment in Wil­cox.

“We just have to make our shots. I think our de­fense is amaz­ing, but we just have to make our shots on the of­fen­sive side,” said Amoyen.

Photo by Steven Mah

Swift Cur­rent Comp. Colts Cyril Amoyen (left) and Joshua Braun (cen­tre) pounced on Moose Jaw Cen­tral’s Ai­dan Sal­adana in pur­suit of a loose ball Fri­day.

Mah Photo by Steven

Colts Grade 12 guard Jordan Braun (left) at­tempted to get around Moose Jaw Cen­tral’s Ai­dan Sal­adana in an 87-56 loss.

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