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Matthew Gourlie
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Peacock and Central advance to semis at Invitational

The Central Cyclones got off to a fast start Friday.

Central's Parker Chow drives to the basket against Austin Neilsen from North Battleford Friday in the opening game of the Moose Jaw Senior Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament.

They hope their strong opening will lead to a good finish at the Moose Jaw Senior Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament.

The Cyclones rolled to a 94-50 win over a young North Battleford Vikings team to advance to the semifinals Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Peacock.

The Peacock Toilers had no trouble winning their quarter-final Friday as they beat Meadow Lake Carpenter 103-31. The Toilers will face Weyburn in the other semifinal (noon, Peacock) after Weyburn beat Saskatoon Marion Graham 74-63.

Central raced out to a 31-8 lead after a quarter were up 53-18 at the half.

“We were ready to go. Our guys were aggressive and assertive taking the ball to the rim. We shot well, we defended well,” said Central coach Leigh Pethick.

“North Battleford is a young team. We have a lot more experience than they do. We used our height. We missed a lot of shots, but we scored on every possession because we got offensive rebounds. They were just ready to play.”

The Cyclones posts did a lot of damage. Aidan Saladana led them with 20 points, while Dax Whitehead added 16, Dalton Wolfe had 13 and Parker Chow had 11.

Second half was a little scrambly at times, but overall Pethick was very happy with his team’s performance. Just as importantly he is excited about playing two games Saturday against some of the top 4A teams in the province.

“We told the guys that we wanted to be ready for this first game so we could at least compete against the top teams — these tough teams — on the A side of the draw,” said Pethick.

Austin Neilsen, Matt Dutton and Jesse McNabb led the North Battleford with 10 points each.

Ryder Epoch scored 29 points as the Toilers kept on rolling. They have only lost one game all season and that came at a tournament earlier in the year in Saskatoon.

The tournament final will take place Saturday at 5 p.m. at Peacock.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Senior Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament.The Cyclones

Geographic location: North Battleford, Meadow Lake

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