Hoopsters win ‘B’ crown at Brandon

The Muskie senior boys’ basketball team continued its winning ways last week, downing Elton High School 68-61 in the ‘B’-side final of a tournament in Brandon, Man.
It was the third-straight win for the black-and-gold, who opened with a 65-60 win over Boissevain before losing a tight 64-59 decision to Crocus Plains.
They then defeated Neepawa 59-54 to reach the ‘B’ final.
Despite falling to Crocus Plains, point guard Andy Hallikas said it was the Muskies’ best game in the tournament.
“Even though it was our only loss of the tournament, it was our best game,” said Hallikas, who missed the second half of the Elton game due to an injury.
“They were a really good team but we led for most of the game until they pulled it out in the end,” he added.
Hallikas said the Muskies continued to use an effective full-court press that created several turnovers and “easy” points on layups.
“Everyone contributed equally and played well,” he said, adding the team also benefitted from the hot outside shooting of Bryce Coyle.
“He hit a couple of clutch ‘threes’ for us,” enthused Hallikas.
In fact, Coyle had a game-high 17 points for the Muskies against Elton.
“This year, we’re a lot quicker team,” said Coyle, who gives the black-and-gold a serious outside threat this season to go along with the size of Brian Kosowick and Casey Anderson up front.
“We’re using the full-court press and it’s creating a lot of turnovers,” he added. “We have guys like Terry and Doug LaBelle that are quick and are pressuring the other team’s offence.”
The Muskies, who are now 4-1 on the season (1-0 in NorWOSSA play), resume action Jan. 8 when the Dryden Eagles come to town.