F.P. Walshe Flyers came up 10 points shy Saturday night in their quest to win the school’s 10th Blue and White title and first in 10 years.
Noble Central Blades cut the Flyers hopes with an 80-70 victory in the championship game of the annual high school boy’s basketball tournament.
Flyers 78 Sabres 55
The Flyers opened the tournament Friday night with a convincing 78-55 win over Livingstone Sabres from Lundbreck.
F.P. Walshe took a 20-13 lead in the first quarter as Aidan Kidd poured in 12 of his game-high 33 points. By halftime the Flyers were in front 45-21.
The Sabres fought back, outscoring the Flyers in both quarters in the second half but never threatened.
In addition to Kidd’s 33 points, the Flyers got 21 from Justin Atwood and eight apiece from Jessen Little Mustache and Cody Van Driesten.
Morgan Cook was top scorer for the Sabres with 19 points.
Other first round winners Friday were Notre Dame, Noble Central and Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Academy.
Flyers 76 Canmore 52
Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Academy didn’t have a prayer in the semifinals as F.P. Walshe rolled to a 76-52 win.
The Flyers took control early, building a 27-13 lead in the first quarter and stretching the margin to 42-19 by halftime.
The teams played more evenly in the second half but the Flyers won convincingly, 76-52.
Kidd was again top scorer for the Flyers with 19 points, but Van Driesten and Little Mustache were right there with 17 apiece.
Justin Atwood had 14 points for the Flyers, Taylor Atwood had five and Chancler Bird had two.
Mathew Buchko led the Canmore team with 19 points.
In the other semifinal, Noble Central got by Notre Dame.
Blades 80 Flyers 70
The championship game was everything you could want from a tournament final as the teams fought to the wire.
The Flyers took a 17-16 lead in the first quarter, but Noble Central fought back to lead 39-33 at the half.
The teams played evenly in the third quarter, each scoring 22 points to make the score 61-55 for the Blades.
The Blades outscored the Flyers in the final quarter to emerge with an 80-70 win and the tournament title.
Jessen Little Mustache of the Flyers led all scorers with 24 points.
Kidd had 15, Justin Atwood had 14, Taylor Atwood had seven, Van Driesten had six and Bird had two for the Flyers.
Austin Plomp scored 20 for Noble Central and Nathan DeBoer had 19. Tyson Pariseau scored 12.