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F.P. Walshe hosts alumni  basketball tournament

F.P. Walshe Flyers hosted seven other teams Friday and Saturday in the second annual alumni invitational basketball tournament.

Livingstone Sabres from Lundbreck emerged as tournament champions, while the host Flyers won the consolation title.

All prize money and proceeds from the tournament is earmarked for the basketball programs at each of the eight participating southern Alberta high schools.

In the opening game Quinn Lanier scored 24 points and Jackson Kasko had 23 as Coaldale Kate Andrews Pride beat Vulcan County Central Hawks 100-58.

Jake Truman had 16 points and Bobby Findlay had 13 for the Hawks.

In the second game Friday Livingstone Sabres beat Barnwell 61-32. Konan Gelber had 23 points for the Sabres and Kurtis Krizsan led Barnwell with five.

In the third game Friday, Stirling Lakers edged Foremost Flyers 75-72. Ryder Nelson scored 14 for Stirling and Chase Van Gaalen had 18 and Brent Butterfield had 16 for Foremost.

F.P. Walshe Flyers met Willow Creek Composite Cobras in the final game of the day, with the Cobras rallying for a 67-65 win in a hotly-contested game.

The Cobras held a 32-28 lead at halftime and the score was tied 43-43 heading into the fourth quarter.

Tim Whitehead drained two three-pointers to start the fourth quarter as the Flyers surged ahead, but the Cobras battled to win it as Ross Van Rootselaar scored five points late.

Mitch Boychuk ked the Flyers with 15 points and Mo Gunderson had 12.

Tim Whitehead had 11, Shody Perry had 10, Nathan Orr had five and Jordan Gunderson, Matt Burbank, Anthony Burdett and Rylan Clarke each had three points.

Nic Harder and Vince Gripping each scored 20 for the Cobras.

The loss sent the Flyers to the consolation side of the tournament and a meeting with the Foremost Flyers.

F.P. Walshe opened a 41-39 lead at halftime and then pulled away in the third on their way to an 85-65 win over Foremost.

Shody Perry had 11 points and Mitch Boychuk, Rylan Clarke and Tim Whitehead each scored 10 points for F.P. Walshe.

Jordan Gunderson had nine, Anthony Burdett and Nathan Orr each had eight, Mo Gunderson had seven, Matt Burbank had six, and Thomas Gunderson had four.

Chase Van Gaalen led Foremost with 23 points and Skylar Van Gaalen and Brett Biesterfeldt each had 12.

In the other consolation semifinal, Barnwell beat County Central 58-48. Mike Johnson scored 14 for Barnwell and Bobby Findlay had 16 for County Central.

That set up a meeting between F.P. Walshe and Barnwell in the consolation final.

The Flyers found themselves in another tight battle that went down to the wire, but this time F.P. Walshe emerged with a 67-65 win to claim the consolation title.

Mo Gunderson and Jordan Gunderson each had 14 points for the Flyers and Rylan Clarke and Shody Perry each had 12.

Tim Whitehead had five, Nathan Orr had four, Anthony Burdett had two and Matt Burbank had one.

Trey Workman with 12 and Tom Johnson with 10 hit double digits for Barnwell.

On the tournament’s A side, Livingstone edged Kate Andrews 53-48 in one semifinal. Travis Butt had 20 points for the Sabres and Quinn Lanier had 16 for the Pride.

In the other a semifinal Willow Creek beat Stirling 84-77 as Nic Harder scored 31 and Tason Perry had 20 for the Cobras. Shawn Nelson scored 17 for the Lakers and Ryder Nelson and Scott Maz had 16 apiece.

Travis Butt went off for 33 points to lead Livingstone to a 72-60 win over Willow Creek Composite in the championship game. Nic Harder led the Cobras with 17 points.

In the third-place game, Stirling edged Kate Andrews 73-72. Scott Maz scored 30 for the Lakers and Devon Wood and Jackson Kasko each had 20 for the Pride.

In the Prairie Pride game to decide seventh place, County Central beat Foremost 66-58. Bobby Findlay had 25 for the Hawks and Pierre Van Gaalen had 20 for the Flyers.

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