Notre Dame Cougar Edward Ortiz is double teamed by two Holy Trinity players during the gold medal game of the Notre Dame Cougar Classic Basketball Tournament Saturday. Cougar Classic basketball (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

Cougars come up short in quest for gold in home tournament

The Notre Dame Cougars fell just short in their pursuit of a home tournament title

Cougars come up short in quest for gold in home tournament

The Notre Dame Cougars fell just short in their pursuit of a home tournament title on Saturday, losing 83-78 to a hot-shooting Holy Trinity Knights team in the championship game.

The Knights, visiting from Okotoks, controlled contest for the majority throughout the four quarters, forcing the Cougars to play from behind, something they hadn’t done all season.

Tournament MVP Jordan Cyr hauled down 10 offensive rebounds and finished the game with 11 points, while Knights teammate Matt Scharien nailed 6 three-pointers to account for all 18 of his points.

The Cougars were led by Jeb Maribojoc, who shrugged off an uncharacteristically cold first half to erupt for 23 points in the fourth quarter alone, totalling 30 points along with six assists and five steals. The Cougars tournament all-star selection was Vincent Martin, who recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Notre Dame opened the tournament with a 68-54 win over Cochrane, before winning 80-54 against Louis St. Laurent in the championship semifinal.

Next action for the Cougars is a league match-up against the defending league champion HJ Cody Lakers, in Sylvan Lake on Tuesday.

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