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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:14

SunDogs basketball teams battle at Provincials and de Gala brings home PAC All-Star Award

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The Great Plains College SunDogs Athletics basketball season has wrapped up with the Prairie Athletic Conference Provincial Tournament at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus on March 14-15.


Following the tournament, a Prairie Athletic Conference All-Star award was presented to SunDogs student athlete Ben de Gala.
“I am both honoured and surprised,” de Gala said in response to receiving the award.
When the season started de Gala was a veteran athlete on the team. He is currently enrolled in the Adult Basic Education program to finish upgrading and pursue his post-secondary education.
“This year we played better as a team and I know my game has improved a lot,” said de Gala. “This was possible because of Coach (Mark) Benesh. He has helped all of us improve in every aspect of the game.”
After hard-fought battles in Moose Jaw, both basketball teams were unable to secure the provincial title.
The men’s team was fourth in league play and met the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus Amuraks in the quarter final at Provincials. They played well and de Gala led the SunDogs with a career high of 28 points and four rebounds. However, they came up short and lost 67-60.
Moving to the B-side, the SunDogs met Bethany College and were down and trailing 38-24 at half-time. Despite losing de Gala to an ankle injury, they fought back to narrow the lead by 10 points midway in the fourth quarter.
The SunDogs dominated the last five minutes of game play with six points from both Jordan Braun and Logan Tisdale. Brent Kerslake contributed five points. A win was within their reach with a shot at the buzzer. However, the shot bounced off the rim ending the season.
The women’s team advanced to an exciting final game that matched the skill and youth of the SunDogs with the experience, size and depth of their opponents, Millar Edge. The SunDogs led throughout the tightly contested game. Millar took the lead with less than three minutes remaining on the clock. The SunDogs cut the lead down to a two-point difference. They had two chances at the end of the game to win or tie the game. Unfortunately the offensive rebounds bounced off the rim. The score was 51-49.
The SunDogs Athletics program provides student athletes with an opportunity to achieve both athletic and academic goals while attending Great Plains College. Repeatedly proving to be real winners both on and off the court, student athletes continually demonstrate a dedication to success and teamwork.
Located at the Swift Current Campus, the SunDogs student athletes are a vital contributor to the life, vitality and enthusiasm of the campus and community. Great Plains College is the only regional college in Saskatchewan participating in the Prairie Athletic Conference, a varsity program that supports and promotes student athletes.

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