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Central, Vanier pick up wins in boys and girls basketball

Cyclones defeat Caronport in girls, Peacock in boys; Vanier wins two over Assiniboia
It was a good night for Central and Vanier in Moose Jaw high school boys and girls basketball league action on Tuesday night.

The Cyclones picked up a pair of wins at home, taking a 95-65 win over Peacock in boys action to go along with a 69-34 win over Briercrest Christian Academy in girls play. The Vikings, meanwhile, won 80-48 over the Rockets in Assiniboia, while the Spirits battled to a 48-33 victory in the girls contest.

Cyclones 95, Toilers 65

The cross-town rivals found themselves in an epic battle in the first half as Peacock rode a hot start and nine points from Dominick Mall to take a 26-17 lead out of the first quarter.

Provincial team member Dylan Boughen was having none of that for the Cyclones after the break, though, scoring his team’s first 10 points and 15 in the quarter as Central battled back to take 45-44 lead at half.

The Toilers were unable to recover, as Central built a 73-56 lead through three quarters and would go on to hold Peacock to only nine points in the final frame.

Boughen would finish with 32 points, Mohamed Jabateh 15 and Jake McLean with 14.

Mall capped the contest with 14 points, while Devin Baumann led the Toilers with 19.

Cyclones 69, Briercrest Christian 34

Central used a solid defensive performance to take an early lead and build from there, holding the Cougars to only four points in the first quarter while taking a 15-4 lead. They’d extend their edge to 33-14 at half and go on to the comfortable victory.

Nylah Seaborn led the Cyclones with 12 points while Malea Keltzel added 13 and Quinn Barber 10.

Lily Matthies had 18 points for Briercrest Christian.

Vikings 80, Rockets 48

Nathan Meili picked up right where he left off in this past weekend’s Helping Hoops tournament, scoring 11 points in the first half and 22 in the contest as Vanier picked up a solid road win.

Josh Auger added 10 points – all in the first half – as the Viking took a 68-42 lead through three quarters and held the Rockets to six points in the final 12 minutes.

Rainer Olson scored 13 points for Vanier, Kyle Gotana added 10.

Ty Montgomery had a 16-point outing for the Rockets, Josh Martel added 10.

Spirits 49, Rockets 33

The two teams found themselves in a bit of a battle through the first half before Vanier’s defensive game took over after the break.

The Spirits led by 10 31-21 at the half, but Assiniboia would only score seven points in the third quarter and six in the fourth, just enough for Vanier to pull away.

Gracie Bzdel led the Spirits with 12 points, Grace Waldenberger added 10.

The Rockets had 16 from Maura Belles and seven from Jessie Rood.

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