SUMMERSIDE – Alex Campbell led the Queen Charlotte Coyotes to a banner performance at Summerside Intermediate School on Saturday.
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Alex Campbell plants his feet in the paint and works over a Stonepark defender. Campbell put up 27 points and was named tournament most valuable player.
Campbell posted 27 points to give his team the P.E.I. School Athletic Association provincial midget AA boys’ title. The Coyotes came from behind to down the Stonepark Tigers 52-43, ending the chance for the Tigers to capture its second banner of the day.
Despite being down throughout most of the first half, the Coyotes never felt out of the game, said head coach Lucas Squires.
“Our team worked really hard today,” Squires said. “There was never a doubt in our minds we could get back into it. It was the hardest they worked all year.”
Trailing by seven in the third quarter, Campbell and teammate John Alex Vos chipped away at the lead, until Vos tied it just before the buzzer.
Still tied with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Campbell led the charge as the Coyotes went on a 7-0 run to seal the deal.
As time ticked away, the Coyotes ran out the clock and celebrated their provincial championship.
It’s been a long time coming for the team, Squires said.
“These boys have been playing together their whole lives, and they’re beginning to come into their own now. They’ve worked long and hard for this.”
Campbell was named the most-valuable player of the tournament, and collected a tournament all-star nod along with Vos.
The Tigers were led in scoring by their two tournament all-stars, Adam Ryan and Evan Judson, with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
In the bronze-medal matchup, the Summerside Intermediate Owls downed the Athena Hawks 56-52.
The Owls outscored the Hawks 16-8 in the fourth quarter en route to victory. Even scoring was the story for the Owls, with Logan MacDougall leading the offence with 17 points, Alex Gallant scored 14 and Logan Cameron posted 12 points.
For Athena, it was a one-man show as Cameron Paynter posted 30 of his team’s 52 points on the way to being named a tournament all-star.