The Caronport Cougars had their score tripled by the Peacock Toilers.
© Katie Brickman
Teigan Gottselig of the Peacock Toilers attempts to drive to the net as Thomas Tunall of the Caronport Cougars tries to defend during senior boys basketball league play on Tuesday in Caronport. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
By Katie Brickman
“We talked in the locker room before the game that it was going to be a challenge, but also a great opportunity for us to play against some of the top talent in the province,” said George Willatt, coach of the Cougars.
The Toilers coasted to a 114-31 victory over the Cougars in senior boys basketball action on Tuesday evening in Caronport.
“The guys played hard and I am pleased with what we did,” said Bryan Adams, coach for Peacock.
The Cougars stayed with Peacock through the first quarter, but once the Toilers shook off some rust; it was a full push of offence.
“We started a little sluggish and I thought Caronport did a good job of running the ball and worked really hard off the bat,” stated Adams. “We had to realize that we had to match their energy. They have a lot of young, inexperienced kids.”
Despite the landslide box score, Willatt was pleased with the performance his team put in considering the tough opponent.
“Our guys battled hard and I was very proud of the effort that our guys put in. It was a good overall effort,” Willatt stated. “A lot of them haven’t played ball, so it is a good opportunity for learning and to see some of the best players in the province and one of the best 4A teams in the province.”
The Toilers have a lot of depth this year with an opportunity to run two full lines that are building chemistry. The coaching staff hopes that being 10 deep in solid players will be a strength later in the season.
“We have a lot of kids that can contribute in a lot of ways,” said Adams. “It gives us some options depending on who we are playing and more depth when it comes to fouls and injuries. We expect a lot from our team this year to contribute.”
The Cougars are on a learning curve this year as many haven’t played the game at this level or are still relatively new to the sport, but Willatt is happy with the progress shown so far.
“It is just a matter of the guys settling in and being patient and trying to run our system,” said Willatt. “We run our system well in practice, but it is different in a game. It will be gradual into games.”
Jonny Toews had 10 points in the loss and Ryder Epoch and Braeden Crone each had 21 points for the Toilers.