The St. Francis of Assisi Falcons junior basketball team took on the Atikameg School Warriors on Jan. 17 at St. Francis in Slave Lake. The Falcons defeated the Warrior 41-22. The latest standings in the Smoky River Junior High School Basketball League show the Falcons in second place in the Eastern Conference, at five wins and two losses. Ahead of them are the Roland Michener Rams.
Senior Falcons’ coach Evan Mellsen (that’s him in the stripes) says the junior game was defensively strong start to finish for the Falcons. The Warriors could not break down the Falcon defense at the top, and a strong rebounding performance by the young Falcons kept the Warriors to one shot. On offense the Falcons had a hot shooting night, led by strong inside play from Marc Franco Bautista, and Nate Vandenburge.