Fillmore boys advance to first Hoopla final
REGINA — There may not be many of them, but the Fillmore '33' Central Falcons have some talented basketball players.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Riley Grona, right, from the Coronach Colts drives to the basket against Bailey Hart from the Fillmore '33' Central Falcons Saturday in the Hoopla 1A boys semifinal.
The Falcons only have six players, but they managed to beat the second-seeded Coronach Colts 77-65 in a 1A boys semifinal at the Hoopla provincial high school basketball championships in Regina Friday.
The Falcons went on a 9-0 run in the middle of the second quarter and parlayed that into an eight-point lead. They wouldn't trail again.
"We just missed some shots that we don't normally miss," said Coronach senior guard Riley Grona who had 10 points. "It's a hard one to take.
"There were some little nerves, it was a big crowd, but it wasn't really that. We just couldn't get the ball in the hoops like we usually do. It just wasn't our day."
With 6:45 remaining in the third quarter the Colts had two starters — Riley Grona and Alex Bertholet — sitting with four fouls. Fillmore's six-foot-nine post Winston Van Staveren and Chris Paslawski soon joined them. Ultimately none of them fouled out.
"That made it tough for us," said Grona.
Fillmore was led by guards Barrett Kosior and Paslawski who had 23 and 21 points respectively. Van Staveren caused the Colts lots of problems in the paint and added 20 points of his own.
Brandon Thurlow led the Colts with 28 points.
Fillmore's girls won nine titles in 10 years at the start of the century, but the boys will play in their first provincial final Saturday against Outlook LCBI. Fillmore always has some of the best fans at Hoopla and Friday was no exception. There were classes scheduled, but none of the students showed up.
"We had a couple of teachers who weren't happy about that, but it's Hoopla. It's a big moment for us," said Kosior, a Falcons senior. "We wanted to make history here for our school and for our fans."
Coronach had beaten the Falcons twice earlier this season. The first win was by a convincing 20 points in Fillmore, but in both games the Falcons' big man Van Staveren had fouled out.
Coronach won the 2A boys provincial title in 2001 and 2002, but haven't won a provincial medal since. They will look to earn a bronze Saturday (11 a.m., F.W. Johnson) against Middle Lake.