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Clippers win second tourney of the year on homecourt

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The Dauphin Clippers senior boys basketball team won its second tournament of the season and it was even sweeter than the first win, coming on their home court.
The Clippers opened the Clipper Classic tournament, Friday, with an 88-47 win over the Ebb and Flow Thunder, before upending the Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre Huskies of Norway House, 98-34 in the semifinals on Saturday.
In the final, the Clippers beat the Morden Thunder, 87-56.
Clippers coach John Marshall said it was a disappointing feeling to lose last year’s home tournament, so winning this year was especially satisfying.
Marshall feels the Clippers ability to work together as a team and their communication was key to their success over the weekend.
“That’s a great bunch of athletes. Our IQ is improving, so that’s really important. And we just have a desire to win. We know we’re a good team and we know we’re capable of doing real good things. We just have to demonstrate it. We did this weekend,” he said.
The three lopsided wins allowed Marshall to get his bench players some playing time, which is important in their development.
“We want all our players to develop and the only way they’re going to develop is to play real games. So it’s nice that way that we were able to get everybody in and everybody got a decent chunk of time in. That will help us down the road at provincials,” he said.
Dauphin’s next tournament will be in Winnipeg, this weekend, hosted by Calvin Christian, where the Clippers will face some tougher competition.
“There will be real good competition there. We always want to be competitive. We want to win every game, for sure, but we want to be competitive in each game. So that’s our goal. And, once again, getting to provincials. That’s where we want to be.”
Marshall is confident the boys will be up to the challenge of facing some of the tougher Winnipeg squads they will likely see.
“We played some tough teams in the Brandon tournament and we played really well,” he said.
Other quarterfinal results saw Norway House beat the Ste. Rose Celtics, 59-41, Margaret Barbour Collegiate Spartans defeated the Goose Lake Raiders of Roblin, 81-47 and Morden beat the Hapnot Kopper Kings of Flin Flon, 69-43.
In the other semifinal contest, Morden beat The Pas, 69-54. The Pas went on to finish third, beating Norway House, 59-43.
On the consolation side of the draw, Ebb and Flow beat Ste. Rose, 83-69 and Roblin defeated Flin Flon, 96-72.
Roblin won the consolation, beating Ebb and Flow, 73-72. Flin Flon finished in seventh place with a 59-57 win over Ste. Rose.
Marshall wishes to thank all the fans who came out to the tournament, as well as the volunteers who did the score keeping, the referees and the DRCSS and Barker School, which hosted games.
“We appreciate the support of staff and students, parents and fans,” he said.

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Doug Zywina
REPORTER
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