By Greg Price
W.R. Myers Rebels varsity boys basketball team upended Brooks 75-60 in league play at home last Thursday in the comfy confines of Myers gymnasium.
The win was aided by some pressing defence and fast breaking in the first half that set the tone for the game.
“We were able to put some pressure on them and get some steals and turnovers that we turned into points,” said Ian Harris, coach with the W.R. Myers Rebels varsity boys basketball team.
Shorthanded in the game with some players benched in street clothes due to disciplinary reasons, it made for others having to step up and fill the void in helping deliver the victory.
Kevin Krizsan notched 17 points in the win and Brett Bullock hit for 14 points to go with nine rebounds.
“We had some JV kids with us (Thursday) night because we were a little short handed and Kade Lund stepped quite big for us for the first time playing for us in a league game,” said Lund who scored 10 points. “He provided a spark for us off the bench. Everyone got lots of playing time and got some extra experience. We got some good minutes out of Taylor Shimbashi too.”
The Rebels were scheduled to host Rosemary last Tuesday, but was canceled due to weather and road conditions as Alberta continued to be locked into a deep freeze.
This week, the Rebels are off from court action with exam week. The Rebels are scheduled to host St. Joes Jan. 29. The Rebels then have its Rebel Classic tournament Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
Rebels kick off its Rebel Classic run with a 7:45 p.m. game on Jan. 31 against Bowness. Earlier, there are opening ceremonies and a team skills competition which goes at 4 p.m. A win makes for a 12:30 p.m. game on Feb. 1 against the winner of Bert Church/Vauxhall. Rebels Classic boys championship goes at 7:30 p.m. Games will be featured at Myers, St. Mary, Central and D.A. Ferguson gymnasiums for the Rebel Classic.
With the extended time off, Harris added the team will look to sharpen up on certain facets in practice.
“We need to work on our execution offensively and taking care of the ball better and cutting down our turnovers,” said Harris. “It’s refining the little things as a team.”