St. Stephen Border Town Boys celebrate tournament blow out

The St. Stephen Border Town Boys are the Division 3, U-16 provincial champs. Celebrating their win in Hartland with medals and banner are; Kyliegh Colpitts, Andrew Atkinson, Isaiah Diamond, Davin Williams, Brayden Trundle, Grayden Walker, Hunter Farr, Parker Wiper, Jack Gilmore, Kelson Leblanc, Zack Chute and Phil Wiper. (Submitted)

There was a little bit of March Madness for the St. Stephen Border Town Boys U-16 team as they wrapped up a successful season.

The team coached by Andrew Atkinson travelled to the year end provincial tournament in Hartland, N.B. The team was undefeated throughout the weekend.

Their first victory came in the morning against the Division 3 hosts, Hartland Huskies, winning 76-73. Brayden Trundle was player of the game for the St. Stephen team.

“The boys only had a few practices together before heading to the tournament,” says Atkinson who explains that the team is comprised of players from other varsity teams before coming together to participate in the Basketball New Brunswick tournament.

“A lot of these boys never played together before and they had to learn all the drills in just a few days for the provincial games,” says Atkinson.

The Border Town Boys went on to win their afternoon games against Sussex, besting them 78-61, with Parker Wiper picking up player of the game. They went into the crossover game number one in their division beating Grand Manan 93-68. Hunter Farr was celebrated as player of the game.

The final on Sunday, March 24th saw the Border Town Boys face the host team Hartland Huskies once again.

“It was an exciting and close game ending at 88-84,” says Atkinson who added that Hunter Farr picked up then title of player of the game for the final. Grade 10 student, Graydon Walker was the Border Town Boys tournament MVP with 83 tournament points.

Crystal Murray