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No titles, but no shame finishing second twice for Millar

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Edge's Gloria Friesen grabs a defensive rebound in the second half in the PAC championship game vs. the Prairie Bible School Pilots. Edge's Gloria Friesen grabs a defensive rebound in the second half in the PAC championship game vs. the Prairie Bible School Pilots. RYan Dahlman

One would expect Kevin Peters, director of athletics and head coach for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Millar College of the Bible in Pambrun, to be exhausted and perhaps disappointed by the fact both of his teams lost their respective Prairie Athletic Conference basketball championships to the Prairie Bible Institute Pilots which were held at Swift Current’s O.M. Irwin Middle School gymnasium March 19.

Tired? Maybe. Disappointed? No way.
For the men, the Edge were beaten by the Pilots 81-77 in a hard-fought battle where Millar just ran out of gas.
After playing a physical Kelsey Amaruks in an emotional, nailbiting overtime win only a few hours before, not to mention star guard Austen Bueckert rolled his ankle in practice earlier in the week, but still played admirably and with others sick, Peters was forced to go to Plan B.
“I found myself shortening my bench this weekend,” explains Peters. “With an emotional game like that against Saskatoon, they were giving it all they had against Prairie (Bible Institute college) ... we willed ourselves through that final.”
Millar had taken an early lead, but failed to hold on to it and trailed by as many as 10 in the second half, but the Edge fought back to tie it only to run out of gas in the end.
Peters was extremely proud of his team all things considered. He started out with a young team to begin the season, but the experience they had with the regular season and the playoffs will only make the program stronger.
“I was encouraged with the guys this year. I lost a lot of guys from last year,” says Peters noting he had only one third-year player and three rookies starting. “It will bode well for the next year or two.”
The women had a more difficult time losing to a powerful and much bigger Pilots team 70-36. Millar was never close in the final. The Pilots went totally undefeated this year.
Peters says while the score was lopsided, he was pleased with his team as they played their best basketball of the season last weekend. The Edge just lost to an extremely strong team.
“Prairie is a step above everyone else,” Peters says. “They can roll 10 players no problem. We lost to them three times this year. Prairie hadn’t lost all year, but you know, I was so encouraged with the girls even though they lost, I felt like they won this year. They improved defensively so much from the first half of the year. The girls were playing their hearts out (March 19). The big picture for me was that it was a win.”
The coach says technique-wise, they improved from the start of the season as college hoops is a big jump from high school. The team started to take off mid season when the basic defensive techniques improved.
“If you have a great defence, you can do a lot of things and it sets you up offensively off the transition and you don’t have to run and set up (plays) offensively.”
Peters looks forward to next seasonand hopes Millar College will be strong again. He was thankful to have help with assistant coaches Missy McComish (women), Stephen McComish (men) as well as managers Jessica Plett (men) and Mikaela Berg (women).
“You surround yourself with good people,” explains Peters. “You just do the best you can.”

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