Saints clip Falcons in overtime thriller

Slave Lake St. Francis Falcons player Raphael Bautista, centre, is surrounded by St. Andrew’s players Colby Cox, left, and Jacob Kosak. Behind is Falcons player Casey Mindbo. The Saints won the game 30-29 in overtime.

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

There are two undefeated boy’s teams left in the Smoky River Junior High School Basketball League and they aren’t teams you normally find at the top of the standings.

The Slave Lake Roland Michener Rams, who lead the Boy’s Eastern Conference, ran their record to 4-0 with a 55-45 win over the visiting Prairie River Raiders of High Prairie Jan. 10. The Raiders fell to 2-3 in the Western Conference behind the Donnelly G.P. Vanier Vipers, who are 3-0, and were idle the same day after postponing a trip to Kinuso.

Terrance Alook led the Rams with 27 points while PRJH was led by Kieran Larson’s 16 points and David Espina’s 10.

The Rams took control early by leading 18-11 after one quarter and never looked back as PRJH tailed the entire game.

The Rams, who have been in and out of the league since its inception 21 years ago, have never won the league title while GPV has won it once, in 2004-05. They are looking to end a 13-year drought.

In Atikameg, the Warriors won a tight game over the Hurricanes 52-49. Preston Grey poured in 35 points to lead the Warriors while Jerrick Anderson replied with 19 points for the Hurricanes. Elijah Anderson added 12.

The St. Andrew’s Saints hosted the Slave Lake St. Francis Falcons in High Prairie and won 30-29 in overtime. The result left both teams with 2-3 records in their conferences.

The Saints enjoyed quarter leads of 19-4, 14-10 and 22-20 and never trailed during regulation time.

In overtime, baskets from Ethan Smith and Mack Kasinec gave the Saints the win.

A heart-stopping finish was in order, however. With 14 seconds left, a Falcon player stole the basketball at the top of the key but missed a layup which might have meant victory.

Smith led the Saints with 10 points while Darren Trumbade led the Falcons with nine.

In action Jan. 17, Kinuso travels to PRJH, RMSS visits GPV, and St. Andrew’s travels to Gift Lake in girl’s and boy’s action. The other game sees the Atikameg boys and Falcons do battle in Slave Lake.

Jan. 24 games see Gift Lake at GPV, Kinuso at St. Andrew’s, RMSS at Atikameg and St. Francis at PRJH.

In exhibition play Jan. 10, the Hurricanes defeated Atikameg 21-16 in another close game.

Kali Cunningham led Gift Lake with nine points while Ocean Anderson and Naomi Sawan each added five.

Kaylee Auger also had nine points to lead Atikameg while Vikki Grey added three.


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