Cougars’ teams fares well in tournament

It wasn’t a bad weekend up in Edmonton for the Notre Dame Cougars senior boys and girls basketball teams.

Both squads were taking part in the Father Troy Classic at St. Joseph’s High School, with the boys bringing home a bronze medal.

The boys opened play Thursday night with a 71-70 win over Calgary’s Bishop McNally, with Dario Viveros making two last second free throws to win the game and add to his game leading point total.

Next up for the Cougars was the 10th best team Alberta, the Archbishop O’Leary Spartans, out of Edmonton.

The game was also a re-match of the Cougar Classic final, recently hosted by Notre Dame.

“We led virtually throughout the first half, but eventually ran into foul trouble and ended up losing 84-71,” said Cougars head coach Stephen Merredew.

“That put us into the bronze medal match on Saturday against the host Saints, making for yet another rematch from our Cougar Classic. It was an extremely exciting game, and our boys managed to hold a lead virtually from start to finish, hanging on for a 69-61 victory.”

Top scorers for the Cougars in third place game were Jordan Handel and Viveros, each with 20 points.

John Goranson earned a tournament all-star selection for what Merredew described as “his tough interior defence, strong rebounding, numerous highlight-reel dunks and blocked shots.”

Up next for the Cougars is the Lindsay Thurber tournament which goes this weekend.

The Notre Dame girls had a bit of a rougher go of things, losing their first two games.

But they bounced back to hammer Bishop McNally 97-31 in their final game of the tournament.

Natalie Potvin poured in 31 points in that one, with Molly Li chipping in with 24 points.

Li was also named a tournament all-star.