The Vanier Vikings put together a strong first weekend on the hardwood.
Vanier made it into the final of Peacock Collegiate's inaugural Helping Hoops Senior Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament over the weekend, falling 92-54 to the Notre Dame Hounds in the 'A' final on Saturday.
"It wasn't our best game of the weekend, but we had some good individual performances, a lot of players really improved this game, and it definitely shows when you're playing a very good team like Notre Dame," said Vanier guard Javan Panko.
"It's a good start to see where we're at in the [province] and see where we need to go from here."
The host Peacock Toilers ended up finishing in seventh place, as they edged the Humboldt Collegiate Mohawks, 88-44, in their final game on Saturday afternoon.
"We played all right, the first game we had complete jitters, we're young, but overall as the weekend went on, we got better and the guys did a lot of good things, so it's a positive weekend for us," said Peacock head coach Troy Setter.
"We communicated well, we worked really hard and as long as the guys are working hard, everything else, we can work with."
Vanier opened the tournament with a 95-49 win over Humboldt on Friday night and then carried that success over into the 'A' side semifinals on Saturday when they beat the Swift Current Colts, 83-78.
Panko said the team showed well for having just four days of practice together before the tournament, "We were passing well, the offence wasn't really there, but that will come as we get the system implemented," he said.
"This was a great way to start the grade 12 year."
Notre Dame dominated their way to the tournament title as they rolled past Peacock, 116-58, in the opening game on Friday night. The Hounds then topped Regina Christian, 91-57, in the semifinal on Saturday to advance into the final.
Victor Tumba led the Hounds in the final, scoring 13 points to lead Notre Dame past Vanier. Kobe Popek added 11 points and Lual Piok picked up 10 points in the victory.
Panko had a game-high 19 points in the loss for Vanier, including five three-pointers. Riley Follensbee chipped in with six points in the loss.
The tournament saw eight teams from around the province compete in a kick-off to the season. The weekend also wrapped up with a Peacock Toilers alumni game on Saturday evening.
Setter said he's pleased with how everything went, "All the team were good, it was fun, Extendicare was great, the Heritage Inn was nice in sponsoring us, so overall it was a good experience for us," he said.
"It was nice to start at home, in your own gym, you get to see the teams early in the year and gauge where you're at."
The Moose Jaw High School Senior Basketball League will tip-off the 2018-19 season on Tuesday night with four games. The Toilers head over to Central to battle the Cyclones, while the Vikings and Spirits travel to Caronport to take on the B.C.A. Cougars. The boys' games hit the court at 6:20 p.m. and the girls go at 8 p.m.