MEDICINE HAT, AB – The Medicine Hat Rattlers men’s basketball team continued to truck through their exhibition schedule on Thursday night, hosting the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns at a special location.
The Rattlers welcoming Lethbridge to Medicine Hat High School, with a strong turnout from Rattlers, Mohawks, and Kwahommies supporters.
Ultimately, the Pronghorns proved to be too much for the upstart Rattlers, using the three-pointer to roll to a 92-58 victory.
Thursday served as a chance for head coach Richard Humphrey to see what he has in this year’s rookie class.
First-year small forward Kieron Burgess hails from Bermuda, and is the only non-North American player on this year’s roster.
He said it’s been quite the adjustment both on and off the Rattlers court.
“Everyone is from different cultures like myself,” said Burgess. “So, it’s tough gelling everything together, but that’s why we’re here. We’re here for one purpose, one goal, and that’s to win a title.”
After graduating high school last year, Rattlers rookie Nick Murschell returned to Medicine Hat High on Thursday.
Humphrey said although he was pleased with the team’s overall effort, they were just outmatched by a stronger Pronghorns team.
“We played well at times, but there was a couple of five-minute stretches where we just were young and inexperienced,” said Humphrey. “They are a veteran team and they took advantage.”
Thursday’s contest also served as a home coming for a pair of Pronghorns, with former Mohawks Josh Sparkes and Cameron Fischer returning to Medicine Hat High.
Sparkes graduated in 2014, and said while it’s a new gymnasium at the newly renovated school, Medicine Hat always feels like home.
“There’s a ton of nostalgia, I have a lot of great memories here,” said Sparkes. “It’s a lot different in the new gym, it’s really awesome to see that they got this great facility here now. And, it’s just amazing to see and it’s great to be back.”
The Rattlers and Pronghorns tangle in a rematch on Saturday in Barnwell.
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