Warriors advance to qualifying event

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The Advocate Coyotes ended their season last weekend with the heart and hospitality their community is known for.

Warriors advance to qualifying event

ADVOCATE HARBOUR The Advocate Coyotes ended their season last weekend with the heart and hospitality their community is known for.

The hosting team did not win the tournament but they came away from it with the rewards of a positive experience, according to coach Lindsay McCully, who said his team of six to seven players did well, considering half were battling illness.

We had three guys sick all week, he explained. Its hard to play a team of 13-15 players with six, but they played with a lot of heart and left it all on the court.

The North Colchester Mustangs won the tournament with an 89-53 win over Duncan MacMillan of Sheet Harbour on Sunday. Advocate was eliminated from provincial contention with two losses, although the Parrsboro Warriors live to fight another day in an upcoming provincial qualifying tournament.

Parrsboro coach Derek Trottier was uncertain as to where his team would be playing at qualifiers, but said he was happy with their play at regionals. They defeated Advocate 71-53 on Saturday, and lost to Colchester Christian Academy (CCA) in the consolation final on Tuesday.

The victory over Advocate came only two weeks after the smaller team defeated Parrsboro at the district tournament. Trottier said his team simply wanted it more this time.

They played with more heart than Ive seen them play with yet, he said. One guy played with a big blister on the back of his foot. He just wouldnt come off.

McCully said he saw similar heroics from his players, including Chris Nuttall, who will be teams lone graduating player this year. Nuttall cracked his wrist in the final game, but still came on to score six points in the final seven minutes.

The tournament went well, according to McCully, despite last-minute scheduling changes due to poor weather on Friday. All teams played good clean games, he said, and the community was very supportive throughout the weekend.

The gym was full all weekend, even for the games Advocate wasnt playing, he said. The only time it wasnt was Sunday morning when people were in church.

In other Saturday action, CCA beat St. Marys Academy 53-44, North Colchester beat Parrsboro 74-59 and Duncan MacMillan beat CCA 61-43 and North Colchester beat Advocate 93-47.

On Sunday Duncan MacMillan beat St. Marys in the last round-robin game.

McCully thanked the community for its support for the event, the officials who worked it, and all who assisted in pulling it off, including Advocate District High School Principal Barry Allen.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Colchester Christian Academy, Marys Academy, Advocate District High School

Geographic location: ADVOCATE HARBOUR, Parrsboro, Sheet Harbour North Colchester

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