Outlook's LCBI High School senior boys basketball team is coming off a first place finish in their tournament at home this past weekend where the team delivered an undefeated performance.
The Rick Johnson Classic had seven teams take part including the LCBI Bisons as the host team. In their first outing on Friday night, the Bisons were able to hold off the Shaunavon Shadows to win their first game and move on to play the Biggar Blazers in the next round.
Biggar presented an even larger challenge for the Bisons on Saturday afternoon. But the LCBI boys managed to pull through with the semifinal victory over the Blazers to advance to the final where they met the Kindersley Kobras.
Cliff Adelman, who serves as LCBI's assistant coach, explained how the Kobras "put up a good scrap" against the Bisons with their quickness and skills on the court. But despite presenting themselves as their toughest opponent yet, LCBI went on to defeat Kindersley 71-57 in the final. This marked the fifth time in the last 41 years that the Bisons have won their home tournament.
No doubt it was a great moment for the players and coaches to earn the right to lift their own trophy in front of the home fans after a valiant effort throughout the weekend. And for this to be only the fifth time the Bisons have won their home tournament in the last 41 years, it was truly something special to achieve. Adelman had a chance to share the reason behind why the tournament is named after Rick Johnson.
Rick Johnson isn't the only person has had an instrumental role in the basketball program at LCBI. Adelman was the school's athletic director and the head coach of the senior boys for 35 years.
He said the team still has a long way to go with a lot of the season left on their plate, but they boys on this year's squad have shown there's lots to look forward to for the rest of the campaign.
Here, he discusses some of the players who make up the 2018-2019 Bisons.
This season has been a memorable one so far for the LCBI Bisons; it's probably safe to say their success at the Rick Johnson Classic can be penned down as their biggest accomplishment yet. In 17 games played this winter, including their wins on Friday and Saturday, the Bisons have only lost twice – one to St. Brieux and another to Southey from earlier this season.
Adelman admitted he has a feeling they'll meet up with one or both of those teams at some point during provincials in March. But for now, the team will focus on what's directly ahead of them before they start getting ready for provincials.
Coming up next for the Bisons is the Christian Rock Tournament later this month at Regina Christian School. The Bisons will be one of 12 teams from across the province participating in the event, which Adelman mentioned will be a good tune up for playoffs.
Momentum seems to be on their side heading into the next few weeks on the court. As it looks, the sky is the limit for the Bisons this season.