MEDICINE HAT, AB – Win or go home, those were the stakes for the McCoy Colts Varsity Boys basketball team on Saturday afternoon.
Playing host to the W.R. Myers Rebels out of Taber, the Colts were looking to book a spot in provincials in the South Zone Championship finals in front of their home crowd.
The Colts ran into foul trouble in the second half and weren’t able to keep pace with the Rebels offence over the final few quarters.
Despite hitting a couple of late shots to close the gap, the Colts fell by a 65-61 final score to take home the silver medal and see their season come to a close.
Grade 12 post Spencer Tudor said they just weren’t able to rack up points against the stingy Rebels defence.
“We just couldn’t get our shots down like we usually do, they just weren’t falling,” said Tudor. “Rebounding was pretty hard [Saturday] night, but other than that I thought we played really well.”
It was the final game in a McCoy jersey for seniors Deacon Hynes, Tudor, Francis Villar, and Greg Spencer, all graduating from the Colts program.
Hynes said after two years of being a role player in the organization, he’s glad he could step up in his Grade 12 year.
“It’s been amazing,” said Hynes. “I was talking about in Grade 10 I wasn’t going to play, last year I wasn’t going to play, but I’m really glad I did. It’s been amazing and I’ve loved every minute of it.”
Leaving for the University of Lethbridge next year, Tudor had some kind words for coach B.J. Melle and his staff.
“I’ve really cherished it,” he said. “My coaches, I’ve love them and they love us. I think there really is a connection with them, and I think they just made me a lot [more] well-rounded and a better player.”
The Colts Varsity Girls team also suffered a loss in the finals on Saturday, losing 71-63 to the Rebels to earn silver as well.
Their season will continue though, as they earned a provincials berth with W.R. Myers by qualifying for the South Zone finals.
3A provincials will get underway for McCoy’s Varsity Girls on Thursday in Cochrane.
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