St. Joseph’s Collegiate Crusaders JV boys basketball team hosted an eight team tournament on the weekend of Feb. 7-8 with teams from all over Southern Alberta attending.
The first game of the tournament had the Crusaders up against the Wheatland Crossing Cougars. Head coach Chris Vogt said the game was a good start for the team, with everyone getting lots of playing time and everyone on the 11 man roster scoring in the victory.
The leading scorer was Mark Gubalane with 17 points and four steals followed by Johann Tenajeros with 11 points and three assists, and JZ Alfonso with nine points, eight rebounds and five steals.
The win put the Crusaders in the semi-finals versus the Kate Andrew Pride.
The teams had already played twice in the season, splitting the two games which were very competitive and close affairs.
The tournament game was a back and forth battle for most of the contest with each team trading leads through out, but the St. Joe’s boys came out on top of a very close game, winning by two points.
\The leading scorer was Pascal Onuara with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Mark Gubalane finished with 17 points, Keith Lugay had 7 points and eight rebounds and Juan Carlos Cruz Piza had six points and three steals.
That put the Crusaders into the final versus a very tough and tall Brooks Composite High School team.
Vogt said the guys knew that this team was a lot taller than them and very deep and would they have to pull out all the stops to keep up with them. The Crusaders did a superb job of doing this in the first half, going back and forth with the Buffalos but giving up a four point lead to BCHS by the half.
The Buffalos went on a run in the third quarter, but the Crusaders battled back in the fourth quarter but just didn’t have enough to overcome the third quarter deficit and lost 74-59.
Leading scorers for the game were Mark Gubalane with 19 points and four rebounds while Juan Carlos Cruz Piza finished with 10 points and five rebounds and Keith Lugay had nine points and three rebounds.
“The guys have been working very hard all season to become a better team and play better defense and they are really turning a corner in the last few weeks. They work hard and are becoming a very good defensive team,” said Vogt
He added the tournament was a very well rounded one for the Crusaders and the guys are really shaping into form for the last month of the season”