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Junior hoopsters struggle in Winnipeg


The Muskie junior boys’ basketball team went winless at the St. Boniface Jr. Varsity tournament over the weekend in Winnipeg.

Despite going winless at the eight-team competition, Muskie head coach Gord McCabe was pleased with his squad’s performance.

“Overall it was a good tournament for us,” he remarked. “Although we lost all three games, we played better as the weekend went on and hopefully got back in the swing of things after going over a month with only one game.”

McCabe was particularly encouraged by the work of several of his players on the glass—something that’s been a concern for the team all season.

“I thought Chris Legg and Aaron Oakes really did a good job of rebounding, which has been a problem for us all year,” he noted.

The Muskies opened play with a tightly-contested 43-40 loss to the Murdoch McKay Marauders.

The black-and-gold led 26-25 at halftime but struggled with their offence in the second half—missing several easy shots en route to the eventual loss.

Kurt Hill led the Muskies with 10 points while Evan McCabe added eight.

The Muskies then faced a tough challenge in their second game in the form of the Grant Park Pirates.

Overwhelmed by the Pirates’ quick trapping defence, Fort High committed a slew of turnovers en route to a lopsided 67-39 defeat.

Once again, Hill and McCabe led the Muskies in scoring with nine and seven points, respectively.

The Muskies then faced the Elmwood Giants in their final game. Both teams were evenly matched, but the Giants earned the 61-49 victory thanks, in large part, to a 10-0 run in the first half.

“This was easily our best game of the tournament against another team that played a step faster than we do,” Gord McCabe noted.

“Elmwood has a poor record in a very good league but you could see that they are used to playing faster-paced basketball,” he added.

For the third time in as many games, Hill led the Muskies in scoring—this time netting 18 points. Theron Holden was next with eight.

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