Peacock and Central will meet on provincial stage

Matthew Gourlie
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The Peacock Toilers and Central Cyclones are going to take their boys basketball rivalry on the road.

Peacock's Eric Forbes, right, drives to the basket against Swift Current in 4A boys regional basketball action Saturday.

The two local schools posted come-from-behind wins to earn SHSAA 4A boys regional basketball titles Saturday. The teams will now meet Friday in the Hoopla 4A semifinal in Regina.

The Toilers surprisingly trailed the Swift Current Colts at half time, but rallied for an 81-60 win at home in a hard-fought battle.

"At this time of year if it's not physical and intense you wonder why," said Peacock head coach Bryan Adams. "(Swift Current) deserves a lot of credit for how hard they played."

In Saskatoon, the Cyclones needed double-overtime to beat the Saskatoon Marion Graham Falcons 81-79.

"It was our best regional final ever — since I've been coaching. It was impressive," said Central head coach Leigh Pethick. "We played a really good game to battle back."

Vanier failed to advance to Hoopla as they lost 81-73 to Melfort in their regional semifinal. The Vikings beat Balgonie 72-54 in the consolation game.

The Cyclones trailed by 14 points in the second quarter but clawed their way back. Dax Whitehead hit a late three-point shot to tie the game. After getting a defensive stop, the Cyclones had the last shot of regulation, but couldn't end the game.

Central's Parker Chow fouled out late in regulation time and Marion Graham came out flying in the first overtime and took a seven-point lead. Once again the Cyclones fought back, though this time it was the Falcons who missed their shot at the buzzer to end the game.

The Cyclones were clinging to a two-point lead when the Falcons had an in-bounds pass under the Cyclones basket with two seconds left. Central was able to defend the play to win the regional title.

There wasn't any late-game drama at Peacock, but the Toilers had a rough start to the game. They were tied after a quarter and trailed 33-31 at the half. They took an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter and continued to pull away from there.

"It's not a matter of winning in one or two quarters and coasting. At this time of year it should be tough. You should have to work hard," said Adams. "It's part of the process and it definitely should help us."

Eric Forbes finished with 23 points to lead the Toilers. Jacob Laxdal added 16 points and Spencer Barrett had 13.

Central and Peacock will meet in the city final Tuesday (8 p.m., SIAST Palliser) before playing again Friday at Hoopla. Toilers guard Ryder Epoch didn't finish the game and his status for Tuesday is uncertain.

"We get Peacock two times this week," said Pethick. "We knew how the draw set up and we kind of relished that opportunity. Our guys are excited to see them two times in the next week."

Weyburn and Prince Albert St. Mary are the other two 4A semifinalist. TIme and location for the games in Regina will be announced later this week.

In 2A action, Birch Hills beat Caronport as the underdog, seventh seeded Cougars gave the No. 2 ranked Birch Hills team all they could handle.

In 1A boys action, Coronach beat Lipton 86-70 to advance to Hoopla. Coronach will face Fillmore in one Hoopla semifinal while Outlook LCBI faces Middle Lake.

Herbert beat Gladmar 92-74 in the consolation side.

Organizations: Vikings

Geographic location: Swift Current, Saskatoon, Melfort Birch Hills Regina

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