AMHERST – The Amherst A’s Under-14 boy’s basketball team earned a bronze medal at the Basketball Nova Scotia, Division 6 provincial championships in Halifax last weekend.
“I’m very proud of the boys. They showed a lot of heart and put forth a great effort,” said head coach Cayne Amos after the game. “It’s tough to play five games and give 110 per cent each time. We had kids nursing some injuries the entire weekend and they pushed through it and contributed in big ways.”
On Sunday, the A’s won the bronze medal game with a 49-45 win over Acadia Minor.
“The bronze medal game was a slow start for us and, unfortunately, we trailed by us much as 13 points early in the third quarter,” said Amos. “We stayed positive and we were able to scratch and claw our way back into the game for the win. A game like this really shows that these kids have a lot of heart and pride in their team and community.”
Also on Sunday, the A’s lost 47-34 to the Bedford Eagles in the semi-final matchup.
“Bedford deserved the win against us in the semi-final. They played better and are a solid basketball team and ended up winning by 18 points in the final over Colchester,”
Cayne says losing the semi-final and not having a chance to play for the gold medal was tough to swallow.
“Knowing we had to play and beat a tough team from Acadia Minor Basketball again to take home a bronze medal is very difficult to prepare for after a disappointing loss,” said Amos.
The A’s finished first in their pool in the round-robin, going 3-0.
They kicked the tournament off on Friday with a 35-32 win over Acadia Minor, and on Saturday they beat the Cole Harbour Rockets 40-21, and the West End Steelers 49-35.