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Woodlands Eagles excite in win

Woodlands Eagles basketball player Bryson Cox, right, scores against the Alberni Armada during Thursday’s game at the Welcome Back Tournament at the Cowichan Secondary School gym. - GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
Woodlands Eagles basketball player Bryson Cox, right, scores against the Alberni Armada during Thursday’s game at the Welcome Back Tournament at the Cowichan Secondary School gym.
— image credit: GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

These are the sort of early season wins that can do a team a world of good.

The Woodlands Eagles senior AA boys' basketball team won its first game of the Welcome Back Tournament on Thursday in Duncan, 72-71 over the Alberni Armada.

It was a game of momentum swings – the Eagles led by as many as 14 in the third quarter, then the Armada led by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter.

"We kept our composure and finished the game strong," said Bryson Cox, who scored 38 points. "After we started closing the gap we were fired up and wanted the win more than them."

Franjo Crnkovic, Woodlands coach, said it might not have been the prettiest win for coaches or spectators, but said it builds confidence for his players.

"The guys really followed the game plan and they stuck with it and just kept on chipping away," he said. "I think it was a little bit of heart."

Aaron Halsall added 12 points and Zack Williams had 10.

COURT SHORTS … Woodlands plays Lambrick Park on Friday. The Wellington Wildcats are also participating at the tourney. They lost their opener 52-51 to North Surrey and are slated to face the Ladysmith '49ers on Friday.

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