Colton Murrell

Sr. Spartans drop two in Houston playday

Hazelton Secondary Senior boys battle and fall in two games in Houston.

The Hazelton Secondary senior boys basketball team travelled to Houston to play two games and both ended in losses for the Spartans.

In the first game against Houston Christian School it came down to the final possession.

“We had the ball and we made a mistake when it mattered most,” Tamara Stoney, head coach, said. “We gave the ball away and they scored.”

However, her team battled all game despite being behind and tied the game late before losing 47-49, Stoney said.

The second game, which was a back-to-back, was against the Bulkley Valley Christian School and the Spartans showed no signs of fatigue in the first half of the game by jumping out to a 35-23 halftime lead.

“We were dominating both ends of the court,” Stoney said. “Which was surprising a bit because BVCS is much bigger, but we were able to control the boards.”

The Spartans also put their opposition under substantial pressure and stole the ball at will in the first half, Stoney said.

“I think they played excellent defence,” she said. “But fatigue played a big role in the second half.”

Colton Murrell led the Spartans with 23 points, but only managed two in the final quarter. None of his teammates registered on the scoresheet in the final frame.

BVCS, behind Aaron Steenhof who finished the game with 27 points, pulled to within two points by the end of the third.

Steenhof and teammates scored 21 in the final 10 minutes making the final score 62-47.

Regardless of the result Stoney was happy with the effort given, she said.