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