Bearchell shoots 76 for second straight day
Jeux du Canada Games 2013
Saskatchewan lost their first basketball game at the Canada Games Thursday.
Unfortunately it was the worst possible game for the provincial women’s basketball team to lose. Their 64-54 loss to British Columbia in the quarter-finals dashed any hope they had of earning a medal.
“We had our aim set on a medal and we can’t do it now,” said Moose Jaw’s Libby Epoch, a point guard with Team Sask. “I thought we played pretty well, but there was a few calls here and there that didn’t go our way and it added up in the end.”
Saskatchewan will play New Brunswick Friday. If they win, they will play in the fifth-place game on Saturday.
The team has their sights set on a medal. If they win their last two games they would finish with a 5-1 record at the Games. As impressive as that record is, to finish with one loss and no medal would be a frustrating outcome.
“It would be a really good winning percentage,” said Epoch of the potential for finishing 5-1. “It would just suck that the one we lost was the most important game.”
Saskatchewan finished 3-0 to top their pool, but didn’t get any favours from the draw. While the other two group winners — Ontario and Alberta — beat Nova Scotia and New Brunswick respectively, Saskatchewan ended up playing a tough B.C. team.
“We were very happy with our first three games,” said Epoch. “We played our game in the first three games and we didn’t worry about what the other team was doing. (Thursday) I think we got thrown off of our game a little bit.”
B.C.’s size in the paint caused Saskatchewan all sorts of problems. Their six-four post Lauren Yearwood led all scorers with 18 points and added a dozen rebounds. Tayla Jackson, who is six-two, added 16 points.
“They had some big posts on the inside and we tried to shoot and it wasn’t falling for us,” said Epoch. “We missed a lot of rebounds and they made some second shots.”
Saskatchewan had an early nine-point lead, but trailed 31-26 at the half. The B.C. lead only 53-50 with five minutes left, but Saskatchewan wasn’t able to close the gap.
Saskatchewan shot 26 per cent from the field and were only 3-for-19 from beyond the three-point arc. Epoch had one of those threes as she finished with five points off the bench. She added four assists, a team high, and had a team-best three steals.
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Leighton Bearchell shot a 76 for the second straight day to sit in a three-way tie for 13th at the Canada Games.
The Moose Jaw golfer is 10 shots back of the trio of Kevin Kwon, Mark Lindsay Valliere and Trevor Yu from B.C. who share the lead. While Bearchell will need something remarkable in the final round to climb into medal contention, he is only three shots out of seventh place.
In the team competition, Saskatchewan was a shot better in the second round after carding a 155. They are in ninth place heading into the final round.
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Moose Jaw’s Carl Paulhaus finished eighth in the B final in the Special Olympics 100m sprint. Paulhaus ran in a time of 15.40 seconds.
He will compete in the 200m B final today.