By Ally Harris
Feb. 28, 2014
The Charlottetown Rural Raiders cruised to an 89-38 victory over the Three Oaks Axemen in the first game of the P.E.I. School Athletic Association provincial championship at Holland College on Feb. 27.
The Raiders were led by Grade 11 student Brayden White, who recorded 23 points.
“We shot well from three and we shot OK from the line. We just executed our plays well,” he said.
The Raiders meet the Colonel Gray Colonels in the title game at 8 p.m. on March 4.
White said the Raiders were expecting to meet the Colonels for the title.
“We played them twice so far this year and beat them both times, but one game was close. One game wasn’t so close, so if we play like we can, we should win.”
The Raiders jumped out into the lead early, then ran away from the Axemen.
At half time, Charlottetown Rural held a 46-19 lead.
Three Oaks came on strong early in the third quarter and were able to close the score slightly, but the Raiders soon picked up where they left off and took the game 89-38.
Three Oaks have struggled against Charlottetown Rural all year, said assistant coach Brett Montgomery.
“Charlottetown’s a very good team. It wasn’t the result we were looking for, but it is what it is.”
The team needed to shoot better, he said.
“I think we went nine and a half minutes without scoring, and (we had) foul trouble.”
Montgomery felt Ty Wright and Tanner Mendoza were the best players for Three Oaks. Wright led the team with 12 points.
“They’re two of our Grade 12s. They’re always good for not only leadership, but they make plays, they score the ball.”
The Axemen take on the Westisle Wolverines at 4 p.m. on March 4 for third place.
No matter the result, White said tournaments like these are fun to play in.
“Holland College hosted a great venue. (There’s) a lot of fans here, I think there’ll be more here Tuesday for the finals and it should be packed. (It’s) a lot of fun.”