Toilers keep focused with win

Katie Brickman
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Vikings look to make easy fixes in game

An early timeout to refocus was all the Peacock Toilers needed.

Ryan Beattie (left) from Peacock sets a screen on Tristan Diggins from Vanier so that Nolan Thoroughgood can drive to the hoop in senior boys high school basketball action on Tuesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

“That is a word (focus) that we have been using a lot with our team,” said Bryan Adams, head coach for Peacock. “Sometimes we come and we aren’t really focused. It was really obvious in the first few seconds where it looked like we were going through the motions.”

The Toilers used that timeout to regroup and focus on the game plan, en route to their 95-58 victory over the Vanier Vikings in senior boys high school basketball action on Tuesday night.

“We didn’t start with too much energy, but we picked it up and we went from there,” said Adams. “We moved the ball well; I am pleased with the kids.”

It wasn’t the start the Vikings were looking for either, as they couldn’t capitalize on the slow start by the Toilers.

“We weren’t doing anything right in the first half of the game,” stated David Tardif, head coach for the Vikings. “We weren’t passing strong … just weak passes, we weren’t making any aggressive cuts to get the ball and we were playing weak defence. No solid pressure and we let them run the floor.”

With only three more league games for Vanier before playoffs, it was frustrating to see the lack of energy early in the game. However, Tardif does believe it can be an effortless fix for them.

“It would be a bit disappointing, but right now, these are corrections that we can easily make,” said Tardif. “This is just something we are going to have to take on ourselves to correct.”

Although he was disappointed and knows the team can learn from what they didn’t do well against Peacock, Tardif still knew his team: “We are better than this.”

The game was physical and some players were close to fouling out, but it showed the two teams did have intensity at points during the game, especially in the third quarter.

“We have size and some really good athletes,” said Adams. “Our style is always physical and we want to use that athleticism and size to set the tone … we did that tonight.”

The Toilers were at a tournament in Medicine Hat last weekend and will be competing in a tournament in Saskatoon this weekend with other 5A competition. They will use that weekend to improve on some areas of their game.

“We are trying to be more consistent on offence and run our systems a little bit better. We need to do that and I think be more consistent with that focus,” said Adams. “Sometimes we fade away a little bit and we have to be reminded to get back into it.”

Vanier’s Austin Warren had a game high 20 points in the loss and Braedon Crone had 16 points for Peacock.

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