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Chargers senior boys advance to RVSA basketball semi-finals

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 11:13 am

Josh Hoath of the Bert Church Chargers made his way to the basket during his team’s RVSA playoff game win over the Springbank Phoenix on March 4.
Josh Hoath of the Bert Church Chargers made his way to the basket during his team’s RVSA playoff game win over the Springbank Phoenix on March 4.
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The Bert Church Chargers senior boys basketball team punched its ticket into the Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) semi-finals on March 4, thanks to a 66-55 victory over the Springbank Phoenix in a quarter-final contest in Airdrie.

“We stepped up our defence in this game to put Springbank on their toes, and that really worked out well for us,” Chargers Head Coach Mike Sera said.

“I have to give Springbank a lot of credit, as they are a hard-working team.”

The key point in the game happened during the second quarter, when the fourth-seed Chargers shutdown the fifth-ranked Phoenix’s offence and outscored their opposition by a 12-2 margin.

“We finally did what our coaches have wanted us to do here for awhile now,” Grade 12 Centre Logan Hymas said.

“We had been standing around on offence and not really doing a whole lot out there, but tonight we made sure that we moved around out on the floor to give Springbank’s defence problems.”

“We had played them in a regular-season game last Tuesday (Feb. 25) and we allowed them to come back and make the game closer than it should have been,” he added.

“We learned our lesson in making sure that we finished the job.”

With the win, the Chargers will find themselves up against the top-seeded Chestermere Lakers in the RVSA semi-finals, which will be held at Chestermere High School on March 6 at 7 p.m.

“Chestermere has a very good team, and there is a reason why they are not only undefeated this season in our league, but why they are at the top of the rankings for a 3A school (which have an enrollment between 300 and 799 students) in this province,” Sera said. “It’s all about execution if you want to beat that team, and that is something that we will be focusing on with the guys as we head into their gym,” he added.

The Chargers are also looking for some revenge on the Lakers after its regular season meeting in Chestermere on Feb. 4.

In that game, the host Lakers ran over their opponents from Airdrie and cruised to an easy 93-42 victory.

“We obviously want to get one back against them, but it’s even more important because it’s the playoffs,” Hymas said.

“If you lose, your season is over.”

The RVSA champion will be crowned at Springbank High School on March 8.


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