Cougars blown out by Toilers

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It was absolute dominance from the Peacock Toilers.

Mike Sollid of Caronport prepares to take an offensive drive from Eric Forbes of  Peacock during senior boys high school basketball action on Tuesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

The Toilers held the Caronport Cougars to just 21 points as they cruised to a 111-21 victory in senior boys high school basketball action on Tuesday evening.

“These games are more like practice for us. We take the time and run plays we just learned. We practiced that well throughout that game,” said Jacob Laxdal of the Toilers. “Games like these help us tremendously.”

The Cougars struggled right from the beginning of the game as the Toilers went on a 6-0 run to start the game and couldn’t get anything going offensively nor stop their opponent defensively.

“Obviously in terms of the scoreboard, we just didn’t perform,” said George Willatt, head coach for Caronport. “We certainly didn’t perform well offensively, especially. There wasn’t a lot of ball movement or player movement. We just needed to execute more quickly and efficiently because they do play a very good man-to-man defence.”

The Cougars were missing Inyota Mwunvaneza, a post player that is a big part of their offence.

“We missed our big guy inside, I will say that, but I won’t say that was the only thing,” said Willatt.

The Toilers were also missing Ryder Epoch, who was out with an injury and Nolan Thoroughgood who is sick. Despite two key players being absent, every player scored for Peacock.

“We were missing some key players, so with only nine players, I thought we played pretty good with the gas we had left in the tank,” said Laxdal. “We worked the ball around nicely. Had good passes and no one was selfish.”

The Toilers had strong defence, but they used their size and speed to get in the lanes, resulting in steals. Throughout the third and fourth quarters, the Cougars scored just six points.

“We just played our game and we didn’t slow down … we didn’t stop,” said Laxdal. “We wanted to push them as far as we could. We didn’t want to show any mercy tonight.”

It was definitely a learning process for the Cougars.

“I think it is just bringing an awareness or recognition, on our part, as a team, that we have a lot of work to do on a good man-to-man defence,” said Willatt. “It is good practice to play against tough competition.”

Ryan Beattie led the game with 21 points, Braedon Crone added 20 points and Laxdal had 19 points. In the loss, Aaron Adrian had nine points.

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Geographic location: Caronport

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  • A Concerned Coach
    January 23, 2014 - 13:43

    As coaches we want to help players develop sport specific skills but it goes beyond that or it should. Coaches either directly or indirectly can help players develop social skills as well as other skills, such as listening, following instructions, respecting opponents, setting goals, accepting feedback and getting along with others. These other skills can give players valuable tools they can use for the rest of their lives in and out of sports. Unfortunately, this story really shows what is wrong with the way some coaches behave. Although I have to admit I was not at this game I do know that the Peacock coach has failed many times to sit his starters in order to try and hit triple digits when the game was not even close. Any coach that does something like that is not treating the opponent with respect and is quite frankly bullying the opposition and displaying conduct that we should not expect or want to see in our children either as players or young adults in high school. This behavior and game result lies squarely on the head coaches shoulders and should not be celebrated but strongly denounced. While it is fun to strut your stuff when you win, there is a line that you come to where the celebration and running up the score can be excessive. The same comes on the flipside of that coin, if you lose the game, you can’t just sulk around and hide. Sore losers and sore winners can often tarnish what otherwise was a good game. Sore winners can sully the victory if they take it over the line. While it is hard to know what “over the line” means, there are some easy ways to know. As an athlete, you don’t ever want to rub your competitor’s face in their loss regardless of how nasty the opponent may have been to you in the past or how desperately you wanted to beat them. You never want to be disrespectful. Being a true champion means that you have to learn to conduct yourself with class, regardless of the level that you compete at. Not only is it healthy to strive to be the best, but players shouldn’t feel guilty for beating an opponent in the process, (assuming it was done within the rules and with good sportsmanship), and that apologies are never necessary for winning when they compete and/or strive for excellence. Players should never have to apologize for trying to do their best in anything, even if the outcome of a match means that someone else might feel badly as a result of your success as long as it is done with class. “Win with class and lose with dignity” – Kevin Kush (Football player at the University of Nebraska, now coach of troubled teens and motivational speaker)

    • Juat a Fan
      January 24, 2014 - 15:45

      what would you say about the 103 - 57 thumbing central gave vanier? and just to comment on your comment if you weren't at the game how do you he didn't play his bench the whole time. that's quite a rant for not being at the game! just saying.

    • .
      January 24, 2014 - 21:11

      This 'Concerned Coach' must not win very many games. This outcome will happen 9/10 when a top ranked team plays a team that is in a rebuilding year like Caronport currently is. It was just a few years ago the shoe was on the other foot. No need to go bashing the Peacock coach or the players, that's not fair to them. It's a competitive sport, in a competitive league.