The Cochrane Cobras shot the lights out in Canmore on Tuesday (March 6).
OK, there was a temporary power outage, but the Canmore Collegiate Crusaders senior boys got their plugs pulled in the first game of the zone basketball tournament, losing 82-50 against Cochrane.
Crusader Geoffrey Otto scored a team-high 14 points.
In the fourth quarter, an unusual moment occurred seconds after Cobra sharpshooter Eric Mosher dropped three of his game-high 23 points, as a blackout momentarily struck the Canmore Collegiate gymnasium, prompting a brief delay in play.
The cause was officially ruled a power outage throughout areas of Canmore, but any basketball fan knows that too much raining of Cochrane’s 14 treys is what likely caused the lights to cut out at the CCHS gym.
“Credit to them, they shot the three ball really well,” said CCHS coach Shawn Birch after the game. “They probably hit more threes than any other team we played this year.”
Throughout 40 minutes, any glimmer of Canmore gaining momentum after a few consecutive buckets was quickly stamped out by a disheartening basket on the opposite end.
As the point deficit grew for the Crusaders, their offence became rushed and the seniors forced passes and shots.
“There was definitely a lot of nerves in this game and I was kind of worried about that going in,” said Birch.
An offensive bright spot for Canmore was slick shooting Crusader Torin Young, going 4/4 behind the arc and with 13 points.
“He came in (off the bench) and had the type of mentality the boys have to play with – just go out there and play your game. He shot the ball and he shot it well,” said Birch.
“We have practice the next two days, we gotta fix a few things before we go to Brooks on Friday (Mar. 9).”
An opponent was undetermined by the Outlook’s press time.