St. Francis has the edge over Roland Rams in season opener

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Advantage St. Francis Falcons in the first meeting between the senior boy’s high school basketball teams in Slave Lake. Neither coach reported the score, but St. Francis won by a fair-sized margin over the Roland Michener Rams. The key was defense, says Falcons’ coach Evan Mellsen.
“The Falcons defense was the difference in this game. The full court press and half-court pressure of the the Falcons created 27 steals which led to 35 fast break points.”
And yes, we asked if Mellsen really has somebody counting such things and he does!
Scott Allan of Roland Michener said he’s proud of the way the boys played, and the tough test against the Falcons was anticipated.
“We will certainly be refocusing over the course of the next couple of practices and we will be getting prepared for our first tournament in High Prairie next weekend. This is still very early in our season and the boys will be ready to face off against St Francis next time! Go Rams Go!”
Mellsen says Blaise Ballester led the way for the Falcons, both on offense and defense, with 11 of the 13 team members contributing to the scoring.
This week’s high school basketball games include a junior boys’ matchup Wednesday afternoon between the St. Francis Falcons and Gift Lake. A senior boys’ matchup between the Falcons and Atikameg was also a possibility but was unconfirmed by press time. The Roland Michener junior teams are both in action in Kinuso on Wednesday.

Dominick Bonde of the St. Francis Falcons goes up for a shot in heavy traffic in last Wednesday’s senior boys’ game against the Roland Michener Rams. Defending for the Rams are Cruz McGregor, left, Harvie Tobias and Montana Ross (#4). Also pictured is the Falcons’ Turin Stecyk.

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