The Hugh Morrell Border Classic has a new champion on the boy’s side, as the Lloydminster Comprehensive Barons were just shy of defending not only their home court, but the championship they won last year, with a 89-78 loss to the Calgary Heritage Christian Academy Hawks in the finals.
It came down to the final 10 minutes of play, as the Barons trailed by three at the half, and tied it up at 62-62 heading into the fourth quarter. But some missed opportunities and turnovers pushed the game open in the Hawks favour, as they scored a game high 27 points in the final quarter of play.
“It was a well played game against a quality opponent,” said Barons head coach Scott Lumbard. “We matched up real well, especially the first three quarters with them. We played a short bench, so down the stretch fatigue was a factor. They kept running hard and finished strong and I think we ran out of gas down the stretch.”
Lloydminster Comprehensive made the final after defeating St. Paul 72-34 to open the tournament, followed by a close 89-83 victory over Warman. On the other side of the bracket, Calgary scored the most in the tournament, earning a 97-64 victory over Beauval Valley in the opener, followed by a 90-58 win over Cold Lake.
The Hawks are a 2A school out of Alberta and are ranked second in the province.
Calgary was known for their speed with the ball and Lombard said, he had to try and make adjustments over the course of the game in order to stop the runs the Hawks would go on.
Lloydminster was also off on their shooting, according to Lumbard, who said they missed a lot of opportunities against the Hawks that could have swung the game either way.
Tyrell Gingell had a game high 29 points for the Barons in Saturday night’s final, while while Kirk Haan had 16 for the Barons. Caleb Hettinga had 26 for the Hawks in the victory.
“Our shooting was a little off tonight,” said Lumbard. “We had a lot of opportunities and we just didn’t make the shots when they presented themselves.”
The 25th annual Hugh Morrell Border Classic was a tournament the Barons really wanted to win, but with some challenging teams brought in this year, defending the championship they won last year against Holy Rosary wasn’t going to be easy.
“We would have liked to pull this one out,” said Lumbard. “But all in all it was a good effort against a quality opponent. We are happy with the overall effort.”
The Barons season so far has been bright, as they have played some competitive schools from the area and from across the province in all groups. With a few more tournaments before the zone playoffs and provincial championships, Lumbard said for now, it is just about fine tuning the team and working on the little things to make the group more successful.
“We are just continue to fine tune, our defence is coming,” said Lumbard. “And trying to fine tune some of our offensive sets. For most part of this season we have been competitive, it doesn’t matter if it is top end 2A schools or 4A schools, we feel like we are right in the mix.”