The Neelin Spartans knew they would have their hands full with the Weyburn Eagles in the Neelin Invitational Tournament varsity boys’ final on Saturday night, and the Eagles exposed a few weaknesses as they took the event crown.
The host Spartans got off to a solid start in the final game of the championship pool at the Neelin gymnasium by jumping out to a 21-19 advantage after the first quarter. However, the Eagles woke up in the second and dominated the Spartans with their transition game as they grabbed a 52-38 lead at the half and cruised to a 90-73 victory.
"It’s what T (Neelin coach Don Thomson) has been preaching all season, jam the ball and get back in safety and I think he’s going to pound us on this all week going into the Regina tournament (next weekend)," Neelin guard Brock Hiltner said.
Weyburn’s Rhett Williams finished with a game-high 39 points, while Jack Carleton added 25. Hiltner finished with 29 points and Quinton Hunter added 21 more for the Spartans.
Weyburn went undefeated in the event, while Neelin suffered just the one loss.
In Saturday’s other games:
Weyburn 88 Massey 43
Williams netted 19 points to pace the Eagles, while Johnson Duku led the third-place Vikings with 11.
Neelin 75 Massey 61
Hiltner and Andrew Paul both put up 19 points for the Spartans in their first game of the championship round. Igor Reva replied with 16 for the Vikings, while Andrew Nelson added 13.
Crocus 63 Swan Valley 49
Mike Olive scored 22 points to lead the Plainsmen to a fourth-place finish. Austin Klein had 14 points for the Tigers.
Dauphin 63 Ed. Schreyer 59
Logan Marshall netted 15 points for the Clippers in the sixth-place game. Phil Gut replied with 20 for the Barons.
Crocus 77 Ed. Schreyer 65
Steven Fawcett had 19 for the Plainsmen in their consolation semifinal, while Martin Gut had 20 for the Barons.
Swan Valley 70 Dauphin 59
Caleb Johnson’s 27 points led the Tigers to a victory in the other consolation semifinal. Lawrence Flett had 24 for the Clippers.
Virden 59 Vincent Massey 41
Heidi Smith scored 19 points as the Golden Bears capped their championship run with a win over the Vikings. Virden went 2-0 in the championship pool. Tara VanCauwenberghe had eight points for Vincent Massey.
Virden 64 Neelin 53
Smith’s 20 points paced the Golden Bears. Kristine Ward replied to 21 for Neelin, while Paige Thomson added 13.
Neelin 67 Massey 42
Ward posted 23 points and Thomson added 20 as Neelin secured second place. Zaina Bird had 10 for the third-place Vikings.
Windsor Park 60 Hamiota 52
Jaden McGill had 32 points for the Royals, who finished fourth in the event by going undefeated in the pool of second-place teams from the preliminary round. Shayna Mathison had 21 for the Huskies.
W. Park 58 Crocus 56 (OT)
Michaella Tanghe put up 23 points for the Royals as they squeaked past the Plainsmen in extra time. Desirae Peiffer had 26 points for Crocus.
Crocus 51 Hamiota 48
Peiffer’s 18 points helped the Plainsmen lock up fifth place. Mathison had 20 for the Huskies.
SJR 66 Springs Christian 21
Hailey Carlson’s 20 point game helped St. John’s Ravenscourt finish seventh. Johanna Nicholas had eight for Springs Christian.
SJR 45 Dauphin 42
Suman Memon and Sara Wang both had 12 points for the Eagles. Details for the eighth-place Clippers weren’t available.
Dauphin 70 Springs C. 31
Gillian Thomas had 12 for the Eagles. Details for the Clippers were unavailable.