St. Joe’s Crusaders get wins heading towards provincials


Brooks Bulletin

The St. Joseph’s Crusaders senior boys basketball team capped off an undefeated week of play with a tournament win at Our Lady of Snows Catholic Academy in Canmore on the weekend.
The team had victories over Olds, 84-61, Banff, 85-48, and Canmore 92-78.
All of the Brooks players saw significant court time over the course of the weekend. Kellan DeGuzman lead the scoring in two of three games with 27 and 28 points and Sheriff Grove averaged 15 rebounds per game.
Justin Ruando had a fabulous game against Banff with nine steals and 20 points, Kyle Autencio had a great game against Olds securing 14 points and six rebounds and Kieran Mills did a great job all weekend on the boards and he averaged five points per game.
John Gelena, Dave Talosig and Christian Olao were steady in each contest securing boards, contributing occasional threes and playing their defensive role effectively.
The Crusaders as a team are getting better each day, working towards their goal of improving on their current eighth place 2A provincial ranking.
The team’s week started on Monday with an 82-42 win over Medicine Hat’s Eagle Butte High School.
The Crusader’s led from the get-go and never looked back. Leading scorers were Ryan Dyck, Carlo Hefervez and Olao with 21, 19 and 11 points respectively.
Two days later the Crusaders faced Medicine Hat’s Crescent Heights and prevailed in double overtime, 108-103.
The Crusaders led the game handily throughout the first half but Crescent Heights made a great push in the second half, so much so the Crusaders had to dig out of a five point deficit with less than two minutes remaining.
DeGuzman, Dyck and Autencio led the way offensively with 37, 31 and 21 points respectively.
Grove also chipped in eight points and eight rebounds.
The come-from-behind-grind-it-out, double overtime victory allowed the true character of the team to shine through.
The week prior, the team was tested by some of the top teams in province at the 2A and 3A levels.
In their first league match to start the week the Crusaders were shorthanded when they faced the Taber Rebels but came out with an outstanding effort.
The team jumped to an early lead and were ahead 50-41 at the half but they got into foul trouble in the second half which allowed the lead to dwindle and eventually the Crusaders lost 98 to 93.
A great battle from start to finish.
They were led offensively by Dyck with 38 points, Autencio with 16 points and DeGuzman with 14 points.
The Crusaders also travelled to Three Hills for a 16-team, 2A tournament.
The Crusaders played three of their four games against teams ranked in the top 15 in the province and came away with a 2-2 record.
The Crusaders defeated the home town Three Hills, 96-62, lost to La Crete in the final seconds 90 to 89, were defeated by Calgary’s Rundle College and then defeated Cold Lake’s Assumption High School
The games show the Crusaders they can compete with the best teams in their league and in 2A competition provincially.