Colts ready to run in Wey­burn

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The Swift Cur­rent Comp. Colts se­nior boys bas­ket­ball team opened their sea­son with a dom­i­nant ex­hi­bi­tion win over the vis­it­ing Her­bert Lau­rels last week.

The game was never in doubt as the Colts led from wire-to-wire in a 96-34 vic­tory. Grade 12 guard Matt Bis­son­nette knocked down a trio of three-point­ers in the open­ing quar­ter and led the team in scor­ing with 29 points.

Grade 11 guard Cyril Amoyen fin­ished with 19 points and rookie guard Nathan Braun added 15 points.

"This ex­hi­bi­tion game gave both teams an op­por­tu­nity to get some game time be­fore week­end tour­na­ments and SWAC be­gin," said Colts' coach An­drew Judge.

"Her­bert's for­wards played ag­gres­sively, and their guards pushed the pace up the floor well. Our boys took an early lead in the game, with Matt Bis­son­nette mak­ing three 3point­ers in the first quar­ter, and Kris­tian Lubi mak­ing some key re­bounds," Judge noted.

The Colts fast-breaked and pressed their way to a 23-4 first-quar­ter lead and led 45-10 at half­time.

The Colts roster is com­prised of four grade 12's, seven grade 11's, and one grade 10 un­der Judge and Scott May­all.

"Many of our new play­ers, in­clud­ing Mitch Braun and Nathan Braun, brought in­ten­sity and a great deal to the sec­ond half in terms of bas­kets and steals. Tan­ner Wil­liams, Dy­lan Mortensen, and Jon Chisholm made great con­tri­bu­tions on de­fense and un­der­neath the bas­ket. Our de­fen­sive pres­sure and fast break se­cured an early lead in the game, but we have plenty to im­prove on this sea­son," said Judge.

The Colts will be head­ing out on the road for the Wey­burn Christ­mas Clas­sic this week­end, their only tour­na­ment be­fore the hol­i­day break.

"Be­fore our tour­na­ment with Wey­burn we are look­ing to de­velop a strong bal­ance of three-point shoot­ing, and inside shoot­ing. Last sea­son Wey­burn took con­trol of the key de­fen­sively, forc­ing us to the out­side a great deal. We are hop­ing to break that down with faster and smarter ball move­ment," ex­plained Judge.

Both the Colts and Ar­dens bas­ket­ball teams have been bumped up from 4A to 5A this sea­son as they com­pete with the top bas­ket­ball pro­grams in Saskatchew­an in the provin­cial play­offs.

"The jump to 5A doesn't change much in terms of strat­egy. Our fo­cus has been, and will con­tinue to be our use of speed and ball sense. In terms of our roster, the change sim­ply re­minds us of the on­go­ing chal­lenge of size. We have plenty of tal­ented guards - Mar­cus May­all, Cyril Amoyen, and Nathan Braun to name a few," said Judge.

The Colts' roster boasts six play­ers 6'2'' or taller.

"The ben­e­fit this sea­son has been the re­turn of strong for­wards - like Tan­ner Wil­liams and Matt Braun – and plenty of new ones – like Dy­lan Mortensen and Jon Chisholm," said Judge.

"One thing that Scott [ May­all] stressed at our try­outs, and I will echo his state­ment, is that we need play­ers who have more than one skill set or tal­ent. We need, and have found play­ers that can pass well, shoot con­fi­dently, re­bound ag­gres­sively, and play boldly. Scott and I are both ex­cited for the chal­lenge of 5A this sea­son," Judge added.

The Colts will next be at home on Jan. 16-17 for one of two home tour­na­ments this sea­son. They will also travel for tour­na­ment ac­tion in Moose Jaw, York­ton, Prince Al­bert, and North Bat­tle­ford be­fore the 5A provin­cial play­offs be­gin in March.

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