Knights bounce back from BOBing
Basketball: HTA wins consolation side of Falcon Classic
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 06:00 am
The Holy Trinity Academy Knights were knocked down but were able to pick themselves back up.
HTA was run over by the no. 1 team in the province in the opening game of the Falcons Classic Senior Boys basketball tournament, but came back to win two straight to take the consolation title by downing the Centennial Coyotes 83-76 Saturday at the Comp.
“We can be gritty when we have to be,” said Knights head coach Sam Aiello said. “This tournament we learned how to play under some pressure situations, but we are a ways away from being a top five 4A team in the province.”
They needed the grit against the Coyotes, who showed some fortitude themselves.
Centennial battled back from a 19-point deficit at the half to tie the game at 74-74 with two minutes left.
“We let off the gas pedal a little bit and Centennial shot themselves right back into the game,” Aiello said. “They expended a lot of energy down the stretch and that helped us and we made some baskets down the end.”
The Coyotes were on the verge of going ahead as they were working their way down the court when roadrunner-like Knight Kessler Bishop stole the ball from the Coyote ball-handler. Bishop went up the court and, rather go up for a contested layup, he dished to a wide-open Ewan Fuhr who hit the basket for the 78-76 lead.
“That was a great play by Kessler, but even for a Grade 10 student to go to the rim in that situation, that was great for Ewan,” Aiello said.
Bishop, who finished with a game-high 22 points and 17 rebounds, came right back when he snared a Knights missed shot off the glass and then put in the layup to make it 80-76.
HTA dominated the first half, taking a 51-19 lead after 20 minutes. Guard Eli McKitrick scored eight points in the final 90 seconds with a pair of threes and a jump shot. He finished with 16 points. Matt Scharien contributed 18 points and Carson McKenzie had 14 to go with his game-high 19 rebounds.
Aiello knows the name of the truck that ran over the Knights in a 109-43 game Friday night.
BOB - the number one team in the province, the Bishop O’Byrne Bobcats.
It is the first time in history the Knights have played a no. 1 4A school.
“We looked at it as an opportunity it shows what it takes to be a no. 1 4A team in Alberta,” Aiello said.
Cinderella showed up for the opening quarter as the Knights were down only 24-20 after 10 minutes. However, the slipper fell off as BOB rolled to the victory.
This is the second year the Knights have played 4A, after going over the 800-student enrolment mark in September 2016.
The Knights advanced to the consolation final by downing the Rundle Cobras 97-55 Saturday.