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Chargers basketball teams finish fourth in home tournament

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 02, 2014 11:58 am

Brendan Volf of the Bert Church Chargers senior boys basketball team powered his way towards the basket on Dec. 19 during his team's 62-47 win over the Lord Beaverbrook Lords in the opening game of the Bert Church Invitational.
Brendan Volf of the Bert Church Chargers senior boys basketball team powered his way towards the basket on Dec. 19 during his team's 62-47 win over the Lord Beaverbrook Lords in the opening game of the Bert Church Invitational.
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Although both teams missed out on winning medals at home, the Bert Church Chargers senior boys’ and girls’ basketball teams were pleased by efforts in the 24th edition of the Bert Church Invitational on Dec. 19 to 21, 2013.

The Chargers boys’ squad, which has dealt with injuries throughout the first half of the season, battled into the bronze-medal game on Dec. 21, 2013, where it lost a 88-67 affair to the Chestermere Lakers.

“Despite the losses that we had, I think we had a much stronger outcome throughout this tournament than we have had all year,” Grade 12 Chargers centre Logan Hymas said.

“We had a little bit of trouble getting together as a team early on this year because of players being out with injuries, but we played as a team instead of being individuals in this tournament.”

The Chargers opened up the tournament with a 62-47 win over the Lord Beaverbrook Lords from Calgary, but was forced to play in the bronze- medal game after losing an 85-79 affair to Walter Murray Collegiate of Saskatoon.

“Everyone got into the game in our first game of the tournament, and the entire team played well in the minutes that they had,” Head Coach Mike Serra said.

“We played well in the semi-final against Walter Murray as well, but they were able to make the tough shots on the outside when we forced them to.”

“However, we came out flat against Chestermere, and you can’t do that against a team like them,” he added. “They took advantage of the shooting opportunities we gave them, and we have to fix those things as we go forward.”

The Chargers’ girls, meanwhile, saw its medal hopes come to an end against the Foothills Falcons of Okotoks that defeated them by a score of 52-30 in the bronze-medal game.

“I think we are still a work in progress, and we learned a lot of things that we need to improve on,” Grade 12 Chargers forward Lexi Mamo said.

“We started strong in all of our games throughout the weekend, but I think we can be better at generating things on offence.”

After opening up the tournament with a 59-44 victory over Louis St. Laurent of Edmonton, the Chargers chances of winning a gold medal disappeared in the semis, as it suffered a 60-45 loss to Archbishop Jordan of Sherwood Park.

“We came up against some teams that gave us strong challenges, but we just didn’t execute enough,” Head Coach Ian Ferguson said.

“However, the girls played hard all weekend long, and they battled right until the end, which was great to see.”

Following the holiday break, both of the senior basketball teams at Bert Church will be back in action next week, as it will resume Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) league play.

The senior boys will play host to the Bow Valley Bobcats at 7:45 p.m. on Jan. 7, while the senior girls will travel to Springbank to take on the Phoenix on Jan. 8 at 7:45 p.m.


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