Golden Eagles have wings clipped by Chestermere

Against one of the best teams in Alberta, the Eagles came up 12 points short, an encouraging outing as they get ready for regionals.

Golden Secondary’s senior boys’ basketball team gave it a good fight, but eventually succumbed to one of the best teams in Alberta by a 12 point margin Wednesday night.

The Eagles had previously lost to the powerhouse team from Chestermere by 30 points this season, so the result was an encouraging one.

Playing in Canmore (roughly the midway point for the two teams), the Eagles kept things close throughout, trailing by five points at the half, a gap that also stood into the fourth quarter. Chestermere pulled away late for the 12 point win, but it was an encouraging result nonetheless.

“The team played really well…the game was in the balance all the way through right to the end and the guys played really hard. It’s the kind of game that we wanted to have,” said head coach Kindy Gosal.

Neal Randhawa led the team on the scoresheet with running mate Saje Gosal not far behind. The Eagles also received good contributions from Meva Dhami and Reece Williams.

Williams, an Invermere product who plays in Golden because his own school doesn’t have a team, has shown plenty of improvement since joining the Eagles’ midway through the season.

“He’s a nice addition. He’s a good kid and he’s very athletic,” Kindy said. “He’s starting to learn how we play basketball…he’s finding his role.”

The squad will get a much-needed break this weekend as their focus shifts to the Kootenay Zone Tournament next weekend.

“We have a short bench so these guys have logged a lot of minutes. They won’t admit it and they won’t think it but they have tired bodies. They need to take a bit of a rest here so that’s actually our primary objective,” Kindy said of his team’s preparation for the provincial qualifiers.

The Eagles will be seeded first in the four-team Kootenay Zones and will need to win both their semi-final and championship games in order to move on to the provincials in Langley.