WOODSTOCK – A bronze-medal win in Moncton, N.B., on Saturday should do wonders for the Hernewood Huskies’ boys basketball team during the homestretch of the P.E.I. School Athletic Association Midget Boys Basketball League season, suggests their coach.
The Huskies, who have won just one game in league play so far this season, scored two comeback victories in the six-team Panther Invitational at Louisville Middle School.
The Huskies opened play with a 62-54 win over Bliss Carman from Fredericton, N.B., before running up against the top team in New Brunswick for their age division. They lost to Riverview 64-41 to finish pool play at 1-1 (won-lost).
The Huskies then fell 56-49 to the host team in a close semifinal game.
That loss sent them into the bronze-medal game against George Street.
After falling behind by 16 points, the Huskies fought back to tie the game and force overtime. They ended up claiming the bronze medal with a 61-59 win.
“They came back from deficits three times, and won two of them,” coach Jeff Willson related.
Hernewood was the only Island school in the tournament.
“The guys did a fantastic job,” Willson commented.
Earning player-of-the-game honours for the Huskies were Josh Bourque, Alex MacNaught, Noel Cousins and Dalyn Harper. Hernewood hustlers of the game were Mackenzie Brennan (2), Jody Stetson and Ryan Keizer.