CHS boys win two of three at home

By Terry Villeneuve

The Carpenter High School boys basketball team had an up and down series of games at their home tournament which featured six teams last weekend in Meadow Lake.

In the team’s opening game on Friday, it took awhile for the Spartans to get rolling, but once they did they never looked back.

“The first half wasn’t overly great,” said coach Jesse Shakotko. “I think it was nerves the guys had, playing in front of the home crowd. But in the second half we settled down and played better as a team and wound up winning 68-52.”

Later in the day, against NBCHS, Meadow Lake lost 71-45.

“We didn’t play up to our potential,” said Shakotko. “We were down 24-10 at the end of the first quarter and then 36-24 at the half, but we never could get any closer after that.”

NBCHS ran a successful defensive press that seemed to catch the CHS team off guard.

“They ran a press that our guys couldn’t figure out. We panicked a bit and turned over the ball a lot in the early going,” added Shakotko. “They’re beatable and if our five (starting) guys play how I know they can play, we can compete with anyone out there.”

In the team’s final game of the weekend against Lloydminster’s Holy Rosary, Meadow Lake won easily 90-36.

The team relies heavily on senior players Kyle Thompson and Ronnie Goretzki.

“Even when they’re not the highest scorers in the game, they provide great leadership that everybody looks to, to generate the attitude and enthusiasm for the game,” said Shakotko, adding the team’s first player off the bench, Connor Waterman, is getting more confident every game.

The next two weekends are non-competing tournaments for the Spartans, but the school will host an alumni game for the both the girls and boys teams on Friday, Jan. 27. The girls play at 6 p.m. and the boys will hit the hardwood at 8 p.m. All former CHS players who are planning on playing are asked to get in contact with Jesse Shakotko or Carla Waterman at Carpenter High.

“Anyone who has gone through Carpenter High School’s basketball program is welcome.”

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