The Charlottetown Rural Raiders won the Coal Bowl Classic boys’ basketball tournament Saturday with a dominating performance in New Waterford, N.S.
The Raiders lead 28-7 after the first quarter and 49-11 at halftime en route to a 98-29 victory over St. Mark High School, a Catholic school in Ottawa.
"We said all year, when it comes to the big tournaments defence matters the most and we managed to hold a very good team to 11 points in the first half,” Raiders coach Mike Lloyd told the Cape Breton Post. “That was a fantastic showing of defence and I couldn't be more proud of the boys.”
Ten Raiders found the score sheet in the finale, led by Jack MacAulay’s 24 points. Lucas Clow added 15, Brayden White 13 and Dylan Terstege and Stephen Seviour each chipped in 10.
Charlottetown Rural went 5-0 at the tournament. It is the first time in 23 years the Raiders have claimed the Cape Breton event. They lost the final in 2013 by 13 points.