By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer
There was high drama at Willow Creek Composite High School on Saturday night as the host Cobras rallied for a dramatic win to take third place in the annual Cobra Classic basketball tournament.
With two minutes to play, Claresholm found themselves trailing the Camrose Composite Trojans by a score of 63-57.
Cobra Ethan Perry scored to close the gap to 63-59, then the Trojans turned the ball over when they inadvertently stepped on the sideline.
The Cobras set up and Perry promptly buried a three-point shot to narrow the margin even further to 63-62.
Claresholm’s defence stiffened and George Wollersheim scored to give Claresholm a 64-63 lead.
Camrose tied the game on a foul shot, then on their next possession took a 65-64 lead with another foul shot.
The Cobras had their chance to tie and take the lead, but missed on two foul shots.
However, Perry dove for a loose ball on that second miss, and managed to get it out to Cole Dixon who was standing behind the three-point line.
He squared up and buried another three-pointer, giving the Cobras a 67-65 lead.
Camrose would not go away though. They got two more foul shots, and hit one to close to 67-66 with 11 seconds to play.
However, they got no closer and Claresholm won the game by that same 67-66 score.
Dixon finished the game with 20 points; while Jackson Wright had 14 points; Daniel Schuepbach had 13 points; Perry had 10 points; Wollersheim had four points; and Dhillon Schmirler, Braydon Wiechert, and Daxton Woodward had two points each.
The Cobras were in the third-place game after losing to Our Lady of Mount Pleasant of Camrose in the semi-final by a score of 96-92.
Scoring for the Cobras were Wright with 32 points; Schuepbach with 14 points; Perry and Wollersheim with 13 points each; Dixon with nine points; Woodward with five points; and Xander Coates, Schmirler and Wiechert with two points each.
Claresholm opened the tournament on Friday, Jan. 4, with a 69-50 win over the Three Hills Royals.
Scoring for the Cobras were Wright with 32 points; Dixon with nine points; Wollersheim with eight points; Schuepbach with seven points; Perry with five points; Schmirler with three points; Wiechert and Woodward with two points each; and Coates with a point.
The Cardston junior varsity team won the tournament, defeating Our Lady of Mount Pleasant in the final.
Three Hills defeated Livingstone School of Lundbreck in the fifth-place game; and Eagle Butte beat County Central of Vulcan in the seventh-place game.
lay up – Ethan Perry, in white, of the Willow Creek Composite High School senior varsity boys’ basketball team, scores against Our Lady of Mount Pleasant of Camrose in the semi-final of the Cobra Classic basketball tournament on Saturday, Jan. 5. For more coverage please see page 10. Photo by Rob Vogt