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F.P. Walshe Flyers claim second at Battle of the Badlands in Drumheller

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The F.P. Walshe Flyers. Back row, from left: coach Don Webb, Shody Perry, Rylan Clarke, Jack Dietz, Oakly Bond, Dylan Drader, Ty Odney and coach Clayton Orr. Front row, from left: Walker English, Michael McTighe, Aidan Kidd and Cole Sawchuk.

F.P. Walshe Flyers lost a thriller Saturday night in the championship game of the senior high boys Battle of the Badlands basketball tournament at Drumheller.
A missed three-pointer late in the contest prevented the Flyers from forcing overtime against Livingstone Sabres from Lundbreck.
The Sabres, who led most of the way, held on for a 74-71 win over the Flyers in a battle of two Chinook Basketball League foes.
The tournament also included host Drumheller Dynos, Three Hills Royals, Rimbey Spartans, Acme Redmen, J.R. Robson Hawks from Vermilion and Holy Cross Collegiate Hawks from Strathmore.
Flyers 69 Royals 54
The Flyers opened the tournament Friday with a 69-54 win over Three Hills Royals.
After falling behind 20-15 in the first quarter the Flyers rallied to lead 34-25 at halftime.
F.P. Walshe increased their lead to 49-37 after three quarters and outscored the Royals 20-15 in the fourth to make the final 69-54.
Aidan Kidd poured in 16 points for the Flyers and Shody Perry had 13.
Cole Sawchuk had 11, Ty Odney had eight, Michael McTighe, Jack Dietz and Rylan Clarke each had six and Dylan Drader had three.
The win advanced the Flyers into a semifinal game against Rimbey Spartans, who opened with a 61-56 win over Holy Cross.
In other opening round games Livingstone got by Acme 87-47 and Drumheller beat J.R. Robson 90-42.
Flyers 76 Rimbey 61
The Flyers found themselves in a familiar position Saturday, trailing Rimbey 15-14 after the first quarter.
The Flyers stifling defence held Rimbey to just five points in the second quarter as F.P. Walshe poured in 20 points of its own to lead 34-20 at the half.
Rimbey narrowed the lead to 51-41 in the third but the Flyers turned it on in the fourth and won 76-61.
Kidd led the attack with 21 points and Clarke had 13.
Oakley Bond, Dietz and Odney each had eight, McTighe had six, Sawchuk had four and Perry had three.
In the other semifinal Livingstone beat Drumheller 88-57.
Sabres 74 Flyers 71
The Flyers missed a three-pointer with time running out Saturday and Livingstone Sabres held on for a 74-71 win in the championship game.
Livingstone opened a 17-13 lead in the first quarter and was in front 33-27 at halftime.
The Sabres increased their lead to 52-44 in the third quarter, and continued to lead through the fourth.
Perry was the big gun for the Flyers with 28 points.
Kidd had 13, Clarke scored 12, Odney had eight, Dietz had six and McTighe had four for the Flyers.
Eric Cadonic of the Sabres led all scorers with 34 points.

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