Halifax school defeats Amherst in all-Nova Scotia final

Colin MacLean
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SUMMERSIDE – The Prince Andrew Panthers took home the championship banner from the Three Oaks Senior High (TOSH) Christmas Classic for the second year in a row.

The Panthers defeated the Amherst Regional High School Vikings 78-46 in an all-Nova Scotia final of the 21st annual senior AAA boys’ basketball tournament at the Three Oaks gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

“Amherst is a very hard-fighting scrappy team,” said Panthers head coach Kent Cooper, who acknowledged his team had to dig deep for the win despite the final score. “(There is) no quit in them, and they put up a hard fight. 

“It took our guys some time to adjust, and eventually we just started chipping away at it and pulled off the win.”

Strong second half

The Panthers, who completed the three-day tournament a perfect 4-0, took a 29-25 lead into halftime and then pulled away in the second half as they outscored the Vikings 49-21.

“We hung tough for 3 1/2 quarters, but their athleticism and their depth became too much for us to handle,” said Vikings coach Tom Skaber. “We ran out of gas and they were just able to dig that much deeper than we could.”

Jason Morse scored 17 points in the final, followed by Adrian Van Vulpen with 15 and Logan Dowe with 10. The Vikings completed tournament play with a 3-1 record.

The Vikings punched their ticket to the championship game with a 73-54 win over Miramichi Valley in the final game of the round robin on Saturday morning.

Van Vulpen led the Vikings with 25 points. Dowe (11) and Morse (9) were the other top scorers.

Amherst, which also defeated Three Oaks 85-50 and Bluefield 104-30 in round-robin play, led Miramichi Valley 37-22 at the half.

The tournament All-Stars were:

Lindell Wigginton, Prince Andrew

Logan Dowe, Amherst

Adrian Van Vulpen, Amherst

Brayden White, Charlottetown Rural

colin.maclean@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Panthers, Vikings, Halifax school Amherst Regional High School Vikings

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Miramichi Valley, Charlottetown

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