Crusaders place second at home tournament


St. Joseph’s Collegiater Crusaders hosted a five team tournament this past weekend and came way with second place.
The boys played Calgary Academy on Friday and came out firing on all cylinders. They had confidence, drive and finish and as a result were able to handily defeat a more timid team from Calgary, said assistant coach Thomas Dyck.
Leading scores were Shawn Tuzara with 29 points, Ryan Dyck with 21 and Loic Sonna with 19.
The boys also played Bassano and struggled in the first half due to Bassano’s diligent pressure. In the second half they lit it up and were able to cruise to victory.
They were led in scoring by Ryan Dyck with 27 points while JP Comesario had 19 points. Machar Kok was selected as a a player of the game for his outstanding work ethic, defence and rebounding.
The toughest match up of the tournament had the Crusaders up against Banff. The game was as close as it could be. The Crusaders were up by as much as 12 points early, then trailed by nine, only to tie it up in the fourth quarter. However, Banff banked in a three pointer from well beyond the NBA three point line to win it at the buzzer.
Leading the Crusaders in the loss were Ryan Dyck and Loic Sonna with 18 points each while Shawn Tuzara and JP Comesario each had 13. Avery Jackson had good rebounding and hit a few timely buckets to contribute to each win.
SJC JV Crusaders were in action as well. They finished the weekend with one win and two losses. They were able to defeat Bassano, a team that they lost to in league action earlier in the week.
There were a few players who stood out and earned recognition as “Pita Pit Players of the Game”. Bernard Boogaling was selected for his outstanding rebounding and inside play. Sean Beltran continued to be a leader in the backcourt, calmly guiding his team and finishing when given the chance. Within the “Skills Competition,” he won the free throw shooting competition without missing single shot.
Martin Roldan had a fabulous game against Banff. His hard work, tenacity and timely three pointer earned him a player of the game as well.
Finally, Christian Olao had a great weekend. He led his team in scoring throughout the weekend as he has for much of the season.