By Garrett Simmons
Westwind Weekly News
The Southern Alberta High School Basketball League regular season wraps up this weekend, and there are a number of intriguing races to keep an eye on.
On the senior varsity boys front, it all wraps up Saturday, as Raymond will travel to Cardston for a 7 p.m. game and Magrath will be in Lethbridge to take on Catholic Central at 7 p.m.
Friday’s slate will see Winston Churchill visit Raymond for an 8 p.m. game, as Magrath will host Chinook at 8 p.m.
A frenzied finish to the regular season began last Friday, as Magrath topped Churchill 85-80 and Raymond defeated Medicine Hat 111-90.
In the Magrath win, Cody Tollestrup led the Zeniths with 20, as Colton Finck added 17. Mason Stock had 13 while Corbin Russell and Levi Gruninger added 10 points each.
Magrath took the JV game 81-46, thanks to Kobe Thompson’s 23 points. Mac Strong had 18, Chayse Harris added 12 and Espen Steffenson chipped in with 10.
In Raymond’s huge win, four Comets struck for 20 points, which included Jeter Heggie (25), Brady Baines (25), Boston Harker (24) and Shae Gibb (21).
The Comets emerged with a 66-63 win in the JV contest, as Hayden Greep’s 16 paced the attack. West James scored 15 and Reuben Baldry added 10.
Saturday included a marquee match up in Magrath, as the Comets rolled into town and left with a 94-67 win. Gibb’s 25 points paced Raymond’s attack, as Harker added 21 and Heggie chipped in with 20. Liam Davison added 12. For the Magrath, Mason Stock had 24, as the only Zenith in double figures, as Garrett Stock added nine.
The JV contest was much tighter, as Raymond held on for a 69-65 win. Ryker Dewsbery had 13 for the Comets, while Greep added 10. Strong had 18 for Magrath, followed by 16 for Thompson and 11 for Harris.
Tuesday night, Magrath fell 67-63 to LCI. Stock led the Zeniths with 25. Magrath dropped the JV game 85-40, as Ty Michelson scored 11 for the Zeniths.
Raymond took a 106-70 decision on Tuesday over Catholic Central, as Gibb had 23 and Harker added 18. Heggie and Baines added 16 each. The Comets also won the JV game, this time by a score of 69-51, as Dewsberry had 17, James added 14 and Konner Kanyo chipped in with 11.
With Cardston’s Tuesday-night win, the Cougars are first overall in the league at 11-1, followed by LCI at 10-2 and Raymond at 9-3.