(Halifax, NS) – Team Quebec took advantage of the opportunity to showcase their depth on Monday by using their entire lineup to oust Team Alberta 66-21.
All players for both teams saw playing time, but it was the Quebec squad who stormed to an early 20-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. By halftime they stretched the deficit to 37-6.
“I don’t think we backed down to the challenge at all. I really was impressed. Everyone on the team got in the game. Everyone on our team showed that they were ready to go out there and learn something from that experience and I think we came out a better team,” said Alberta head coach Jamie Peers.
Oliver Lamalice Aquin came off the bench to score a game high 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists for Quebec. Starter Carl Pelletier (Team Quebec) was the second highest scorer in the game with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Alberta countered in the second half scoring 9 points in the third quarter – their best frame of the game. While they didn’t pack the same offensive punch as their opponents Alberta did show some poise tallying 8 steals to Quebec’s 2 while forcing their opponents to turn the ball over 15 times.
“We knew it was going to be tough but we pushed our hardest. We wanted to see how hard we could compete with them. Our goals for the next game is to push as hard as we did today and possibly get more baskets,” said Alberta athlete Becca MacMillan.
“It was pretty much what we expected. Quebec is a pretty well oiled machine and they come with a lot of intensity. It was one of our goals to see if we could aspire to match them in intensity level for as long as we could and learn some things that we could carry over into the next game,” said Peers.
#8 Alberta (0-2) will play their next game against #5 Saskatchewan (1-0) Monday February 14 at 5:00PM.
#1 QC (2-0) will face #4 British Columbia (2-0) Tuesday February 15 at 7:00PM.
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