Make it 3 straight for Chargers

The High Prairie E.W. Pratt Chargers high school men’s basketball team won the Peace High Nomad Invitational Basketball Tournament in Peace River Dec. 13-14. Kneeling in the front row, left-right, are Adam Cardinal, Mondi Lascuna, Colton Calahasen, Logan Krupa, Dave Espina, Emman Espinosa and Ethan Smith. Standing in the back row, left-right, are head coach Neil Barry, Trent Mindel, Andres Scarborough, Kye Anderson, Keenan Price, Kieran Larson and assistant coach Tim Gordey.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The High Prairie E.W. Pratt Chargers won the Peace High Nomad Invitational Basketball Tournament in Peace River for the third successive year.

The Charger men beat the Glenmary Saints of Peace River 83-78 in a thrilling come-from-behind win in the final of the tournament Dec. 13-14.

“A very quick and athletic Glenmary squad challenged us with their speed and shooting,” head coach Neil Barry says.

“They were up on us early and we had a very sluggish first half.

“Our long day with an eight-hour wait between games took its toll.”

Then the Chargers took charge.

“In the second half, we got our press going and chipped away,” Barry says.

“At the end of the game, both veterans and rookies made big plays with steals and three-pointers to put us ahead.”

Pratt defeated the Manning Paul Rowe Raiders 95-58 in the semifinals.

“We won convincingly, wearing them down with our pressing defense,” Barry says.

The Chargers beat the Fairview High Cobras 75-62 in their opening game.

“We only dressed seven players due to discipline issues at school,” Barry says.

“But the seven guys played tough and got the short-handed win.”

The Chargers voted Colton Calahasen as the team’s Most Valuable Player in the tournament.

“His rebounding and defensive efforts made a big difference in every game,” Barry says.

Pratt prepares for two tournaments in January. The Chargers will play in the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves Invitational Basketball Tournament on Jan 17-18. After that, the Chargers travel to Three Hills for The Supermen Basketball Tournament, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Most of the teams are provincially ranked, Barry says.

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