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SVRSS Tigers Fight for Inter-Zone Spot

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The SVRSS Senior Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams filled their schedules with basketball last week as they both took on the Dauphin Clippers in their zone playoffs and continued into the weekend, each participating in a tournament.
Boys
The Boys travelled to the Clipper Invitation Tournament in Dauphin last weekend (Feb. 23 and 24) where they ended with a strong victory.
The final game was against MBCI from The Pas where the Tigers were able to lead the scoreboards 79-46. Previously, they played against Neelin (Brandon) where they were defeated 94-59 and opened the tournament against Roblin where they won handedly 79-21.
“With everything that occurred during the week we were using the weekend to try to regain the play that we have had earlier in the season,” said Head Coach Kevin Carter. “We are a good, solid team when we are focused and doing the things that define our team, that being playing active defense, creating turnovers and running the floor.
“We are anticipating having David Muller back in our lineup for our game on Tuesday which will create some additional stability from a defensive and offensive perspective as well as spreading out the minutes.”
The focus for the week was solely on their first two games of the best-of-three first round zone playoff against Dauphin.
Game two was played on Thursday (Feb. 22) in Dauphin where the boys were defeated 81-56.
“We went into the game with seven players,” said Carter. “The same seven that were able to play well in game one and secure a victory.
“We did not start well and allowed them to get ahead of us early. We were unable to gain a stride offensively and defensively allowing them to take us away from our usual game of pushing the pace of the game and taking advantage of forced turnovers.”
Thankfully, the previous game saw a better fate.
On Tuesday (Feb. 20) the boys hosted Dauphin in game one at the SVRSS.
“We were in a good rhythm early on,” said Carter. “Unfortunately, mid-way through the first half David Muller suffered an ankle injury that put him out of the game for its duration. We have an eight player roster as it is and the injury reduced that to seven; however, seven guys that can play well. We were able to continue with our steady play and although we were unable to really pull away, we were able to maintain the lead throughout the game.”
The Tigers came out victorious with a score of 83-70.
Game three will now take place at the SVRSS on Tuesday (Feb. 27) afternoon at 4:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the interzone final against Neelin. The winner of that game secures a spot at the provincial tournament in March.
Girls
The Girls hosted the Swan Valley Credit Union Invitational Tournament last weekend (Feb. 23 and 24) where teams from Neelin, RD Parker, and SVRSS competed for tournament championship status.
The Tigers did just that on Saturday afternoon when they faced off against the Neelin Spartans. With a final score of 50-35, the two hour and fifteen minute game pushed them to their limits.
Earlier that day, they were able to earn a 59-51 victory against the Trojans, securing their weekend in undefeated status.
“The game against the Trojans was a great game to coach and even better game to watch,” said Head Coach Shayne Yaschyhsyn. “Either team could have won. The girls worked hard and reaped the reward.”
“We need to keep the momentum going into this weekend and into the provincial championship,” added assistant coach Ian Kitch.
Earlier in the week the girls swept the zone series with the Dauphin Clippers. The best-of-three series was secured in two games when the SVRSS Tigers defeated the Clippers 49-40 on their home turf on Feb. 22 to continue their season.
“The Clippers came out with a lot of energy and we couldn’t get a basket to fall in the first quarter,” said Yaschyshyn, “At one point we were 0 for 10 from the field, thankfully our free throws were going in.”
“The Clippers definitely didn’t want their season to end,” said Kitch. “Our girls were focused and motivated to continue our season and end theirs.”
Previously, on Feb. 20, the Clippers visited the SVRSS for the first zone game. The Tigers showed strong play on the offensive and defensive side of the court and came out with a 57 to 31 victory over the Clippers to take a one game lead in the series.
“The girls showed some nervousness prior to the game and came out slow,” said Yaschyshyn. “Once the game progressed they got their composure and took control of the game.”
With the Zone 8 championship in the bag, the Tigers now host an inter-zone tournament on March 3 at the SVRSS.
Participating in this tournament will be the Neepawa Tigers from Zone 7, The Virden Bears from Zone 9 and the Neelin Spartans from Zone 15.
“It is playoff time and we will need to win two games on March 3 to ensure our spot at the MHSAA AAA provincials in Winnipeg,” said assistant coach and manager Lynda Malkoske.

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Jakki Lumax
REPORTER
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