The Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) Elecs senior boys' basketball team had a 2-1 record, and finished fourth, at a tournament in Swift Current January 17 and 18.
Estevan opened the tournament against the Moose Jaw Vanier Vikings. The Elecs trailed 37-31 at half-time, and wound up losing 88-49.
Coach Shane Ross said his team ran out of gas against a much bigger Moose Jaw squad.
The next game was a 97-85 victory over Herbert. Vince Dela Pena, who missed much of the year because he was in the Philippines, set a tournament record with 49 points.
The previous single-game benchmark was 47 points.
“He wasn't hogging the ball or missing teammates; he must have had eight assists in the game, too,” coach Shane Ross said.
ECS finished the tournament by beating Shaunavon 77-61. Dallas Dowhanuik was named Estevan's game MVP, thanks to his consistent play, Ross said.
Up next for ECS will be the Esterhazy tournament from February 7 to 9.