Cyclones hit triple digits in win

Katie Brickman
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Vanier went flat in third quarter in loss

The Central Cyclones set the tone of the game in the opening quarter.

Aidan Saldana of the Central Cyclones posts up against Austin Warren from Vanier during senior boys high school basketball action on Thursday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

They shot near perfect and cruised to an 103-57 victory over the visiting Vanier Vikings in senior boys high school basketball action on Thursday.

“We ran the ball well, shot pretty well and our posts worked hard and utilized their size,” said Aidan Saladana from Central.

Saladana punctuated the win with a dunk with less than a minute remaining in the game, which put the Cyclones at 100 points.

The Vikings tried to stay with the Cyclones, trailing by 14 points after the first quarter, but Central continued to shoot well into the second quarter and they held a 29-point lead at the half time break.

“They shot the lights out from the very beginning,” said David Tardif, head coach of the Vikings. “All of their shots were going down. Give credit to them, they executed excellently.”

The Vikings shot well in the first half, but then went cold in the third quarter, which hurt them.

“On defence, we kept with them, it is just when we weren’t scoring any points or running a system, it is going to hurt us on offence because we have no momentum, which showed,’ stated David Tardif, head coach of the Vikings. “Bottom line — we just were executing anything on offence.”

The Cyclones and the Vikings had their posts battling down low for the majority of the game. Saladana and Dax Whitehead battled with Zeb Smith and Austin Warren throughout the match.

“They were good, but we just need our wings to move the ball around more on the top of the key and not just hold the ball because it gives their defence a chance to reset and shut down our posts … not giving them any opportunities,” stated Tardif.

The Cyclones hope to use this game as a building block for the rest of the season, as they only have three more league games left. They also still see areas they need to work on to be better.

“It was a good win. We played well defensively in the second half, as they didn’t score as much as they did in the first half. (We’re) always happy with that,” said Saldana. “I think we need to work on consistency. Playing at our highest level all the time, especially against teams like Peacock.”

For Vanier, it is still a learning experience, especially on offence when running plays. Throughout the game, their guards attempted to pass the ball using high passes over top of the defenders instead of using the more effective bounce pass. Their passes were usually picked off by the Cyclones.

“There are things we do have to work on and that is just one of the areas we have to work on. A lot of the faucets of the game we have to learn to do,” said Tardif. “Central is a better team than the last time we played them. We aren’t.”

The teams will go on a week break as students write first semester exams. Action will pick back up on Feb. 4 with Peacock at Vanier and Central at Caronport.

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