The Bishop Lloyd Lancers earned a gold medal at 2A Junior Basketball Playdowns on the February 9-10 weekend at College Park School in Lloydminster.
Bishop Lloyd avenged a heartbreaking loss to Jonas Samson in the semi-finals last year to rise to the top. The Lancers were led by David Dimaano and Jhulie Velasco who helped carry the team to a 57-52 victory over the Holy Rosary Raiders.
The Lancers were up by 10 points at halftime and were able to sustain the lead through the 2nd half. After three close losses in league play and tournament play to the Raiders by nine, one and seven points, the Lancers were able to win the big game in the district final.
In the semi-finals, Bishop Lloyd edged a gritty Jonas Samson Stingers squad 65-55 while the Raiders defeated the E.S. Laird Sabres 71-48. In the quarter-final games, the Sabres knocked off the Eagleview Eagles 52-34 while the Stingers got by the College Park Cobras 56-30. The Cobras defeated the Eagles 43-42 in the consolation final.
Congratulations to the coaches and players of the six teams on a great season and special thanks to Trent Marsh from Meadow Lake and Jason/Rene Stein from Turtleford for coming down to Lloydminster to help officiate the tournament.
The E.S. Laird Sabres earned a gold medal at 2A Junior Basketball Playdowns on the February 9-10 weekend at E.S. Laird Middle School in Lloydminster.
E.S. Laird lost a difficult two point game in the district final last year to Bishop Lloyd but were able to use a successful regular season and a run in playdowns to win the title. The Sabres were led by Darby Robertson, Emily Butz and Terissa Wright as well as a strong supporting cast that defeated the Holy Rosary Raiders 52-32 in the final. The Sabres used a strong second half to pull away from the Raiders.
In the semi-finals, E.S. Laird defeated the Bishop Lloyd Lancers 42-30 while the Raiders took down Jonas Samson 51-37 to advance to the district title game. In the quarter-final games, the Lancers defeated the Eagleview Eagles 62-20 while the Stingers edged out the College Park Cobras 40-33. The Cobras defeated the Eagles in the consolation final.
Congratulations to the coaches and players on the six teams on a great season of league and tournament play and special thanks to the Lloydminster Basketball Officials Association for supplying officials this weekend on a busy weekend of basketball in the Lloydminster area.
NWHSAA 2A Boys Gold Medalists - Bishop Lloyd Lancers
NWHSAA 2A Boys Silver Medalists - Holy Rosary Raiders
NWHSAA 2A Girls Gold Medalists - E.S. Laird Sabres
NWHSAA 2A Girls Silver Medalists - Holy Rosary Raiders