By Sean Rooney on December 5, 2018.
They dunked, they ran, and their fans couldn’t get enough of it.
All in all, Tuesday was a pretty good start to the league schedule for the Hat High Mohawks.
The varsity boys basketball team beat the LCI Rams 104-89, showcasing a complete game on home court.
“This is going to be a special team,” said Mohawks coach Chat Watson. “We’re big, we’re tall, we’re athletic, we’re fast, we’ve got shooters… I’m excited.”
Ethan Egert had 25 points, Eidan Jonker 23 and Fred Kabore 16 in a game the home side was never in trouble, up 55-37 at the half.
Post player Isiaih Bagnah responded with 33 points to lead the Rams, who also had 15 points from David Kindley.
Hat High hosts a tournament with both boys and girls divisions starting Friday. But it’s the tough Southern Alberta High School Basketball League where they want to make a real statement, and Tuesday was a good start.
So excited for the season to begin were the fans that the green-clad section stood to cheer almost every play in the first quarter. In the fourth they cheered for guard Kyle Wagenaar to get in the game, then went crazy when Wagenaar hit a three-pointer on a set play late in the contest.
“Kyle is the best teammate you could have,” said Watson. “That guy hasn’t missed a basketball practice in his high school career, he’s here every single day.”
The Mohawks’ next league game is next Tuesday against Raymond, also at Hat High.
In the earlier junior varsity game, the Rams won big, 88-43. Ryan Evans and Jace Edwards each had 17 points for LCI. Artche Belza’s five three-pointers made him Hat High’s lone double-digit scorer with 15.
Hat High’s girls get started at home tonight with a matchup against Catholic Central. Tip-off for the junior varsity game is set for 6 p.m., followed by the senior matchup.
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