Thursday, 26 January 2012 10:53

Great Plains SunDogs off and running in basketball league play

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By Jessi Gowan — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The SunDogs men’s and women’s basketball teams played hard last weekend, with home games on Saturday and Sunday against the Prairie Pilots in the Alberta Colleges Athletic League regular season.

“It went really well, and I’m feeling good about the team,” explained men’s coach Devin Loeppky. “Everyone played hard, and we’re hoping for some better results next time.”

The men’s team won 76-66 Saturday and lost 73-67 Sunday, bringing their record to 1-2 so far. Mike Tuchscherer led the SunDogs’ scoring with 22 points on Saturday, and Kale Scherger earned the SunDogs 23 points on Sunday.

The women fell to 0-3 with a 69-10 loss Saturday and a 76-13 loss Sunday. Kelsey MacDonald led the scoring in both games with four points.

“Defensively, we are right where we want to be, and our offence is still improving,” Loeppky noted.

“That’s something that we will continue to work on for the rest of the season.”

One of the SunDogs’ men’s players was ineligible to play last weekend, but will be joining the team for more home game action this weekend at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. Loeppky is confident that he will be an asset to the team.

“We are definitely going to work hard for better results,” he said. “We are playing well, and each game has been very competitive. The guys aren’t discouraged, they are just ready to keep working and get right back into it. They are good group of guys, really intense, focused, and driven.”

This weekend’s games will be against Centre High’s Griffins and the Olds Broncos. Both are strong teams, and Loeppky is looking forward to seeing how his team stacks up.

“We are pretty evenly matched with the teams in our own division, but this is a step up to the top division,” he admitted. “They will be tough games, but hopefully we do well. This will be a good test to see how we do playing against them.”

Both teams practice regularly, with extra practices occasionally to prepare for a game. This weekend’s games will take place at SCCHS, at 6:30 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men.

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