In Saturday’s senior A basketball medal games
HAMPSHIRE – The Kinkora Blazers are the 2013-14 P.E.I. School Athletic Association senior A boys’ basketball champions.
The Blazers defeated the Morell Marlins 64-50 in the winner-take-all final. It was one of four senior A medal games played on Saturday at Bluefield High School.
The Kinkora girls took home the silver medal after dropping a 51-38 decision to the host Bluefield Bobcats.
The bronze-medal games featured the Charlottetown Rural Team Two Raiders getting by the Morell Marlins 39-36 in girls’ action, and the Colonel Gray Team Two Colonels outlasting the Bobcats 43-37 in the boys’ third-place game.
Following is a look at the games:
Kinkora 64 Morell 50
The Blazers used a huge size advantage in defeating the stubborn and hard-working Marlins in an exciting, tough and fast contest.
The large crowd was treated to some long-range bombs and exciting slashes to the baskets.
The Blazers led throughout the game, building quarter leads of 20-16, 34-27 and 51-31.
Sam Milligan, who was named the most valuable player (MVP) of the provincial championship tournament, poured in a game-high 18 points to spark the Blazers offensively. Andrew MacCormack also had a big game with a 14-point performance while Brady VanderVelden and Michael Lawless each added eight. Sam Jay and Logan Robinson chipped in with seven as the balanced Kinkora offence and strong rebounding controlled the game.
Shane Pendergast led the Marlins with 14 points. Ethan Craig (13) and Matt Hicken (8) were Morell’s other top two scorers.
Bluefield 51 Kinkora 38
The Bobcats, who enjoyed a height advantage, led 11-9 and 21-20 after the first two quarters.
Provincial championship tournament MVP Shelby Shellikens of the Bobcats took control of the game in the third quarter, scoring 10 straight points and hauling in three of her eight rebounds in a 16-0 run.
Jill Lawless and Briar Roberts battled hard to rally the Blazers, but each time the rallies were stymied by rebound control.
Shellikens finished with 15 points while Keira Coady had eight and Cassie Doucette chipped in with seven.
Lawless scored 20 points to spark the Blazers while Maddy McGrath had eight and Roberts contributed several rebounds, steals and assists.
Charlottetown Rural 39 Morell 36
The Raiders jumped out to a 16-4 lead, but the Marlins would not quit and cut the deficit to 18-16 at halftime.
Christina Lourenso (15), Kate Doiron (6) and Emma Bradley (6) were Rural’s leading scorers.
For Morell, Emma Drake and Katie Gallant each scored 10 points while Merinda Hendricken added four points and 19 rounds.
Colonel Gray 43 Bluefield 37
This game was close throughout as Gray held quarter leads of 16-9, 19-17 and 32-26.
Amaro Sefau’s 18 points, including five three-pointers, sparked the Colonels’ attack. Matt Buell’s 16-point effort also was a key factor.
Josh Gallant (10), who added 18 boards, Darcy Watts (11) and Jonah’s Bergman (8) were the top scorers for Bluefield.
All-stars for PEISAA Senior A basketball championships:
Matt Buell, Colonel Gray
Josh Gallant, Bluefield
Ethan Craig, Morell
Shane Pendergast, Morell
Andrew MacCormack, Kinkora
Katie Gallant, Morell
Christina Lourenso, Charlottetown Rural
Briar Roberts, Kinkora
Jill Lawless, Kinkora
Keira Coady, Bluefield