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Chargers basketball teams pleased with performances in home tournament

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 11:28 am

Liam Richardson of the Bert Church Chargers made his way to the basket during his team’s home tournament on Feb. 1.
Liam Richardson of the Bert Church Chargers made his way to the basket during his team’s home tournament on Feb. 1.
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Although they didn’t win the home tournament, the Bert Church Chargers junior boys and girls basketball teams were happy with how they performed during the 2014 Junior Varsity Bert Church Invitational tournament.

The Chargers junior girls team made it all the way to the tournament finals on Feb. 1, where it came out on the losing end of highly contested 63-41 affair to the Chinook Coyotes of Lethbridge.

“Even though we didn’t win the finals like we wanted to, I felt we played very well as a team, especially against a strong team like the one from Lethbridge,” Grade 10 post player Paige Goertzen said.

“We are really trying to step up our level of play by going up against these stronger teams, and I think this was a big thing for us.”

The Chargers punched their ticket to the finals with a 64-44 victory over Calgary’s EP Scarlett Lancers in the semi-final on Jan. 31.

The team kicked off the tournament in style with a 59-30 win over the Bishop McNally Timberwolves on Jan. 30.

“I really liked the intensity that the girls showed throughout the tournament,” Chargers Head Coach Andy Kirk said.

“The team is really starting to recognize how fast they have to move out there, and that is really going to be a key for us as the year goes on.”

Meanwhile, the Chargers junior boys basketball team missed out on earning a medal, as they came out on the losing end of a 76-67 decision in the third place game to the Bowness Trojans of Calgary on Feb. 1.

“We had some mental lapses out there at times, but I don’t think we can be too upset with how we played overall, especially with how we played all weekend,” Grade 10 point guard Liam Richardson said.

“We made our mistakes in turning the ball over, losing our man on defence and not getting back down the court fast enough, but I think those are things that we can improve on when we get back to playing in our league (Rocky View Sports Association) again,” he added.

The Chargers opened up its tournament in thrilling fashion on Jan. 30, as it edged out the JC Charyk Hawks of Hanna in a 69-68 contest, but it lost in the following game by a score of 65-54 to the Centennial Coyotes of Calgary on Jan. 31.

Despite the two setbacks to finish off its home tournament, Chargers Head Coach Grover Bradford was thrilled with how his team performed.

“They picked up their game as the weekend went along, and they were sensational,” Bradford said.

“They dug deep against guys who were bigger and had more talent than they did, and that was impressive to see.”

Both of the Bert Church High School junior basketball teams will be in tournament action on Feb. 7 and 8 in Sherwood Park, when they will compete in an event at Bev Facey Community High School.

The next RVSA games for the junior boys will be on Feb. 11 at home against the George McDougall Mustangs at 6 p.m., while the Chargers junior girls team are off until Feb. 26 when it will host the Cochrane Cobras.


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