Colonels ready for competition at Colonel Gray Cup

Jason Malloy
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The Colonel Gray Colonels are eager to see how they fare against some of the top boys basketball teams in the region.

They get the chance starting today when the 16-team Colonel Gray Cup tips off at 4 p.m. in Charlottetown.

“A lot of the best teams in the Maritimes are here, so it’s definitely going to be like a test,” said Grade 12 guard Max Ramsay. “It’s going show us where we are and what we need to improve on.”

The six-foot-one shooting guard said the team has to concentrate on fundamentals to be successful this week.

“As long as we play good defence I think we can stay in any game,” he said.

Jeremy Thompson, a Grade 12 guard from Charlottetown, said turnovers were a problem last weekend in its first tournament of the season.

“When we get tired, we need to limit our mistakes and just stay locked in mentally,” he said.

The Colonels lost to Saint John, N.B., in the final of last weekend’s tournament at Moncton High School. The team won its first three games, including its opener against Saint John, before losing the title game. It was the Colonels fourth game in 24 hours.

Coach Tim Butler described his team as grinders looking for ways to win games at this point in the season.

“What we’d like to be is an athletic team that gets out and runs, but we’re not at that point yet,” he said. “We will be.”

The coaches preach hard, aggressive defence and while not flush with a stable of big bodies, it is effective playing man-to-man and doubling in the post as needed.

Colonel Gray has lost the past two Prince Edward School Athletic Association (PEISAA) finals to the Charlottetown Rural Raiders. The teams won’t meet until January in league play.

The Colonels want to defeat the Raiders this season, but know it won’t be easy.

“Our goal is just to get better as the year goes along,” Butler said. “The more competition we can get throughout the year the better we will be.”

The Raiders and Three Oaks Axemen are both in this week’s tournament, but all three Island teams are in different pools. They could meet in a playoff game.

The Colonels are comprised of six Grade 12s, three Grade 11s and four Grade 10s.

Thompson said staying calm and focused would be key for any of the younger players dealing with nerves.

“At the end of the day, it’s just a game of basketball and they know what to do.”

Roster

A look at the Colonel Gray boys basketball team’s roster:

Grade 10

Matt Connolly

Jordan Reid

Alex Campbell

Mike Dow

Grade 11

Cameron Hoy

Yousef Sefau*

Alex Hyndman

Grade 12

Riley Spenceley

Omaro Sefau

Jeremy Thompson*

Max Ramsay*

Zach Visser*

Mark Smith*

*Indicates starters

Schedule

A look at the schedule for the Colonel Gray Cup boys basketball tournament.

Pool A – Colonel Gray, Harrison Trimble, Cobequid Educational Centre and Lockview.

Pool B – C.P. Allen, Bernice MacNaughton, Leo Hayes and Horton.

Pool C – Charlottetown Rural, Moncton High, Fredericton High and Breton Education Centre.

Pool D – Three Oaks, Riverview, Sir John A. Macdonald and Sackville.

Today’s schedule

4 p.m. – Colonel Gray vs. Lockview at Colonel Gray

6 p.m. – Moncton High vs. Charlottetown Rural at Charlottetown Rural

6 p.m. – Three Oaks vs. Sackville at Queen Charlotte

6 p.m. – Cobequid vs. Trimble at Colonel Gray

8 p.m. – Fredericton vs. Breton at Colonel Gray

8 p.m. – Sir John A. Macdonald vs. Riverview at Queen Charlotte

8 p.m. – C.P. Allen vs. MacNaughton at Charlottetown Rural

8 p.m. – Leo Hayes vs. Horton at Birchwood

Friday

11 a.m.

Colonel Gray vs. CEC at Colonel Gray

Horton vs. C.P. Allen at Birchwood

Sackville vs. Sir John A. MacDonald at Queen Charlotte

Charlottetown Rural vs. BEC at Charlottetown Rural

1 p.m.

Lockview vs. Trimble at Colonel Gray

Leo Hayes vs. MacNaughton at Birchwood

TOSH vs. Riverview at Queen Charlotte

Moncton vs. Fredericton at Charlottetown Rural  

3:15 p.m.

Skills competitions at Colonel Gray

6 p.m.

Trimble vs. Colonel Gray at Colonel Gray

CEC vs. Lockview at Birchwood

Charlottetown Rural vs. FHS at Charlottetown Rural  

BEC vs. Moncton at TBD

8 p.m.

C.P. Allen vs. Leo Hayes at Colonel Gray

MacNaughton vs. Horton at Birchwood

Riverview vs. Sackville at Charlottetown Rural  

Sir John A. Macdonald vs. TOSH at TBD

Saturday

10 a.m.

First A vs. First B atColonel Gray

First C vs. First D at Charlottetown Rural   

Queen Charlotte

Fourth vs. Fourth at Queen Charlotte

Fourth vs. Fourth at Birchwood

Noon

Second vs. Second at Colonel Gray

Second vs. Second at Charlottetown Rural

Third vs. Third at Queen Charlotte

Third vs. Third at Birchwood

2:30 p.m.

Championship game at Colonel Gray

Organizations: Charlottetown Rural Raiders, Moncton High School, PEISAA First A

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Saint John, Moncton Fredericton

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