Monday , 23 May 2022
École Mallaig School girls basketball team at Provincials. Image: École Mallaig School.

Mallaig and Assumption basketball teams return from Provincials

Three local high school basketball teams represented their schools and communities at Provincials last weekend.

In the 1A girls draw down in Cremona, roughly 80 kilometres northwest of Calgary, Mallaig lost to the host school 58-35 in the tournament tipoff. In their second contest against Acme, Mallaig fell again by a score of 56-24. 

But in their final game of the tournament, the Stingers rebounded and closed out victorious 62-51 to Breton. 

Assumption’s girls team in a similar area of the province in Oilfields High School in Black Diamond won the opener 55-37 vs Ecole St. Joseph. Later on Thursday, the Crusaders met the tournament’s number 1 seed in Calgary Christian and were handed a 89-23 loss.  Vying for 7th place overall in the tournament, Assumption ran up against Oilfields the host and lost 53-33 to finish 8th overall. 

Meanwhile, Assumption’s male counterparts battled at Provincials at Bearspaw Christian School in Calgary. It was a good fight, but the Crusaders lost 66-53 to John Maland in the opener. The team then showed their grit with a 73-70 win over Stirling. That set up a battle with Glenmary in the consolation final, which again was a close affair, but Assumption lost 71-63 to finish. They finish 7th overall in the tournament. 

That signals the end of the basketball seasons for high schools, who will turn their attention to badminton and track and field.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.