Chargers claim 4A Zones title, move on to provincials
By: Nick Kuhl
| Posted: Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 01:48 pm
The Bert Church Chargers boys’ basketball team will be the lone Airdrie representative at the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) 4A basketball provincials this weekend.
The Chargers earned the right to represent the South Central Zone by defeating the Foothills Composite Falcons 98-96 in overtime at the Zones’ championship final at Bert Church High School on March 10.
Head coach Mike Sera and his team opened the 4A provincials, hosted by Cardston and Raymond, against the Catholic Central High (CCH) Cougars of Lethbridge on March 15, after the Airdrie City View went to press.
“We played them once this year at the very beginning in a tournament,” Sera said. “They blew us out. We weren’t ready for their speed or all their systems. We only had a week’s worth of practice and weren’t ready to play that game. I think it may be a different story when we play them this week.”
Bert Church, which had a 2W-6L record during the Rocky View Sports Association’s regular season, beat Brooks 82-49 in its opening game at Zones on March 7. The team then beat crosstown rival George McDougall 74-71 in overtime, March 9, to advance to the final against Foothills.
“Foothills has size, they’ve got speed and they’ve got outside shooting – they could have very easily been the team to win that game,” Sera said. “We got a couple of bounces at the right time and our work ethic was a complete effort. Saturday was similar to the game we played against Chestermere, where we lost to them in the (divisional) semi-finals in overtime.
“But all of the guys came to play. The effort was phenomenal – they really laid it on the floor. They’re working as a team and they trust each other. That took some time.”
Sera said Bert Church’s regular season and performance at divisionals and Zones has been indicative of the up and down aspect this year. But he believes the team is peaking at the right time.
“It’s been a rollercoaster ride for this team. We’ve had some great games throughout the season and we’ve had some awful ones too. But it seems like in the last month or so that we’ve really started to figure things out,” he said, pointing out that three of the team’s last four games have gone to overtime.
“We now have to the confidence, if we get down early, to know we can get back in this game. They know how to win the close game.”
Game updates on the Chargers’ matchup with the CCH Cougars, as well as further rounds into the weekend, will be available on ASAA website at http://provincials.asaa.ca