BJHS Roadrunners roll to home tournament victory

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BRUCE PARKER
Brooks Bulletin

Brooks Junior High senior boys basketball team turned in a dominating performance this past weekend to win their home tournament.
The Roadrunners downed the Duchess Eagles 79-35 Friday afternoon and followed it up with a 60-22 win over the BJHS Senior B team Saturday. The win advanced the Roadrunners to the final where they defeated St. Joseph’s Collegiate 64-22.
“The boys played really well this weekend. Everything kind of came together,” said head coach Mark Freeman.
This was particularly the case in the game against St. Joseph’s Collegiate. During the first two meetings between the two clubs, there were less than 10 points between them.
But Freeman said the ball just kept going into the basket for his team.
He said the key to all three wins was hustle and effort.
“We preach attitude, effort and athleticism constantly to the kids. We can teach skill but if you have the right attitude, a tremendous amount of effort and work towards your athleticism, then they have got it made.”
Freeman said every kid just works tirelessly.”
The Roadrunners are also very strong defensively.
“The boys work really hard on defence. We have really been stressing good body position and moving your feet.”
Freeman has four grade eights and nine grade nine players on the team. He only has two returning players from last year.
“It is a mix between experienced players and younger ones. Even some of my grade nine have less experience. But they might be just pretty big kids and you can’t teach size.”
The Roadrunners have been undefeated since losing a game in their first tournament of the season. They also won a tournament in Barnwell and picked up exhibition wins against Medicine Hat teams.
The Roadrunners will take part in the league finals at BJHS Feb. 26 and will then travel to Okotoks for zone competition March 1-2.
The Roadrunners have not played many of the zone teams so Freeman is unsure how his team will stack up against the opposition. He said teams from Okotoks are usually strong.
He said if his team keeps playing the way they can, they will be competitive.