Warriors end season sixth at provincials

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The Parrsboro Warriors had nothing to lose at last weekends Division IV provincial basketball championships and came away with their heads held high.

PARRSBORO The Parrsboro Warriors had nothing to lose at last weekends Division IV provincial basketball championships and came away with their heads held high.

The Warriors finished the weekend with one win and two losses, and represented themselves well, according to coach Derek Trottier.

It was a good showing for us, he said. We were ranked eighth going in and ended up sixth, so we knocked two teams down. Im happy with the weekend, and it was a good all-around tournament.

Going in seeded last, the Warriors had to face top-ranked Lockeport in their first game on Thursday. They lost 69-32 to a very strong opposing team, which went on to win its fifth straight provincial championship.

Parrsboro played well against Lockeport but just could not overcome their strength, according to Trottier.

That team is strong, with a lot of skill, he said. We werent expecting to win but tried to hold our own. Theyre a very sportsmanlike team and put their bench out, but even their bench was strong.

The loss put the Warriors out of contention for a medal, but they still played for the best placing they could get. They came up against Armbrae Academy of Halifax on Friday, but were also fighting the effects of the previous days loss, according to their coach.

We came out flat against Armbrae, he said. They were a weaker team, and I think it brought our guys down a bit. We had to pick it up to get the win.

And pick it up the Warriors did down the stretch winning 51-38.

On Saturday they played Notre Dame Academy of Cheticamp for fifth place, losing 72-61.

The game was the last of the season for the Warriors, who will lose three players Nick Harvey, Alex Matthews and Mike Strong to graduation this year. They will also lose their coach, as Trottier said he does not have the time necessary to commit, but will help if he is needed.

Im happy with the season, especially after last year, he said, citing the dramatic win over Cabot High at qualifiers as the highlight of the year.

Last year we only had one win, and this year we didnt win regionals or provincials but we made it through. We have some up and coming players, and it should be a good team next year.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Armbrae Academy of Halifax, Notre Dame Academy of Cheticamp

Geographic location: Lockeport

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