Seven games into their 2014-2015 season, Golden Secondary’s senior boys’ basketball team remains a perfect 7-0.
The recent victims of the Eagles’ ever-sharpening talons? A trio of Alberta schools at the Canmore Rocky Mountain Classic.
Golden took out Highwood (out of High River) and George MacDougall (Airdrie) before taking on the #2 ranked AAA team in Alberta, Cochrane High in the championship round.
Despite Cochrane being a division higher than Golden (as a larger school) the Eagles dominated throughout, taking a 29-16 lead after the first quarter and never looking back.
Saje Gosal poured in a team-high 26 points while Josh Hiraoka and Kiran Gosal contributed 17 apiece and Neal Randhawa added 14.
Last season, the Eagles relied heavily on the scoring prowess of Gosal and Randhawa. The fact that the Eagles dynamic duo pitched in less than half of the team’s total points is a telling sign with regards to the club’s depth.
“The final game is really representative of what happened throughout the tournament,” said head coach Kindy Gosal of the team’s supporting cast. “We don’t have to have individual Herculean efforts in order to score.”
Among the players who are coming on strong in supporting roles are Grade 9 John Oszust and second year big man Gage Chernoff.
Oszust has had a smooth transition in his first year of senior basketball, and pitched in six points in the team’s championship final victory.
“The transition has been smoother than I expected thanks to the coaching staff and all the players on the team helping me improve as a player and as a person,” Oszust said.
For Gage, an imposing figure as the tallest Eagles player, it’s all about his comfort level now that he’s in his second season.
“Last year I was still learning the sport and I was really out of shape at the start of the season. Since then I’ve come quite far with physical fitness and learning the game and I’m really excited for the rest of the season,” Chernoff said.
The Eagles players felt the support from parents that made the two hour trip east for the tournament and continue to be thankful for the support from the community as a whole.
Golden will have one more tournament before breaking for the holidays, next weekend in Airdrie.