By Greg Price
W.R. Myers Rebels varsity boys basketball team made it all the way to the championship final of its Rebel Classic on Saturday, before eventually falling to arch nemesis McCoy, 89-68 on Saturday night.
The Rebels only trailed by one a half-time, but deviated from its game plan and could stop McCoy Colts no longer.
“They had a couple of guys we just couldn’t contain. We went away from our game plan and didn’t execute offensively. We tried working the ball inside earlier and then we started settling for jump shots more in the second half. We weren’t doing what we were doing in the first half to keep it close,” said Ryan Jensen, coach with the W.R. Myers Rebels varsity boys basketball team.
Justin Schortinghuis scored 17 points. Brett Bullock had 14 points and Luke Jensen added 12 points.
The Rebels mounted a furious comeback in its semi-final game against the Vauxhall Vikings earlier in the day, rallying from as many as 23 points down to end up with the victory.
“The biggest thing was, with about four minutes left in the third quarter, we took a timeout and got together as a team and said if we can get this down to 10 points (deficit) by the end of the quarter, we can still make a run at it,” said Jensen. “The boys worked their tails off for us at the end of the quarter both offensively and defensively. The boys kept chugging along and executed. They did everything right that they could have done. They (Vauxhall) started settling for jumpshots and we wore them down.”
Luke Jensen poured in 30 points and Quinn Bailey chipped in 19 points. Shawn Harris added 17 points.
The Rebels manhandled Bowness in its open game on Friday night with a 50-point victory.
“The boys were pretty pumped up to start their tournament. They ran the ball and did everything right. You want the boys to come out and compete and everyone got some playing time,” said Jensen. “The boys competed, they were excited and they were pumped up. We shut them down. It wasn’t that they were a terrible team, it was just our kids were really prepared and ready to go.”