Airdrie Koinonia Eagles senior boys capture League title
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 12:23 pm
Even though it was its first year in the Calgary High School Sports League (CHSSL), the Airdrie Koinonia Christian School Eagles played like a team that had competed in the league for many years.
The Eagles, who moved to the CHSSL after playing in the Calgary Alternative Athletic Association (CAAA) prior to this season, completed a perfect 5-0 season on Jan. 14 by winning the league championship in a 46-38 game over the Siksika Suns at Jack James High School in Calgary.
“It’s an awesome feeling for all of us,” Eagles Head Coach Jason Perry said.
“We’re a small school that hasn’t won many titles in the past, so this is a new experience for a lot of these guys.”
“We proved that we can be successful against the other teams by just working hard, and I think our momentum with this program is really starting to build up here,” he added.
According to Grade 11 Eagles point guard Marcel Herrmann, who is a co-captain on the team along with fellow Grade 11 point guard Ayrton Geel, the key to the Eagles’ success has come from playing a team game.
“We have just been able to put everything that we have together into a nice mix,” Herrmann said.
“In the finals, we were able to use our team play to our advantage and we were able to come out on top in a hard fought game.”
“We realized as the year went along that it’s not just one guy against five, but five guys against five,” Geel added.
Early on, it looked like that the Eagles would run away with the league title as it held a convincing 23-6 lead over the Suns at halftime.
The start of the second half proved to be a different story, as the Suns cut the deficit down to four points on numerous occasions, but the Eagles were able to pull away in the final minutes to earn the win.
“We got such a big lead in the first half that we started to slow the pace down when we came back out for the second half,” Herrmann said.
“They (the Suns) had some pace to their game when the game got back underway, and we didn’t.”
“We just started to work together as a team at the end of the second half by just moving the ball around the court some more,” Geel added.
“We were able to get the ball to the basket because of that, and we got the points that we needed.”
The Eagles will now be preparing themselves to take part in the South Central Zones 1A championship tournament, which will take place in Bassano on March 14 and 15.
The winner of that tournament will move on to the provincial championships, which will be held on March 20 to 22 in Glendon.