ALMA – The Pictou County Bantam Raptors were underdogs in every sense of the word hosting the Bantam Boy’s Division 7 provincials over the weekend.
They didn’t start their season until January, while many of the teams they played against had been competing since September.
While most of their competition had players in grades 7 and 8, the Raptors had a large percentage of Grade 6 students on their team.
And to top it all off, they hadn’t won a game all year.
“I don’t think anybody expected us to be any competition,” said coach Maureen MacDonald. “I’m really proud of the boys.”
The tournament didn’t start out the way the Raptors had hoped either. They lost their first game against the Canadian Martyrs
“We thought we were done,” MacDonald said. “We really did.”
She attributes nerves for the loss.
But the guys got their focus back and it was then that things started going in their favour.
They beat the Prospect Road Bulls 58-48 in overtime which put them into the crossover round.
They faced the Dartmouth Lakers (1) next and won 48-28 which earned them a right to play in the gold medal game.
It was Dartmouth Lakers (2) that they faced next. The Raptors would win that game 48-32.
“It’s an awesome way to end the season,” MacDonald said.
The Prospect Road Bulldogs won the bronze medal game.
Tournament All Star for the Raptors was Jacob Read. Tournament MVP was Austin Holley.