The Cochrane Cobras senior boys basketball have proven that rankings aren't everything in a tournament over the weekend.
The Cobras were ranked 10th by the ASAA heading into a Saint Peter the Apostle tournament in Spruce Grove, AB. last weekend, and came home with gold medals dangling from their necks.
The tournament included the top three ranked teams in the province and the host team was the reigning provincial champions.
The Cobras defeated St. Joseph High School, a 4A team from Red Deer in their first game, then beat St. Joe's from Grande Prairie to advance to the finals. That game was all tied up with a fraction of a second on the clock when Jesse Bosch sunk the winner from the three-point line coming off the wing.
Following a travelling call, the refs put 3/10th of a second on the clock. Both teams put the ball out of bounds, and it came down to one final chance for Cochrane High, explains Cobras head coach Patrick Court.
"So, we changed our strategy for this next attempt and said, forget the alley you pass because both teams missed. Let's just get a shot. We did and nailed it."
"Everyone rushed the floor instantly," says Bosch. "It was pretty good feeling. I'm sure glad we won that one."
The win set the stage for the gold medal win against the Strathmore Spartans, the number three ranked team in the province who beat the Cobras all three times they met last season.
"It was good to go in there and say hey. you had us last year, but this year we're back, and we're ready to play," says Coach Court.
Cobras captain Simon Baker says it was an awesome win for the team. Now in his final year of high school basketball, he says most of the team has been playing together since middle school, and some even earlier.
"We proved the rankings don't matter," says Baker. "Jesse had a huge shot to keep our tournament hopes alive, and we're only going to go up from here."
The Cobras are on the road tonight for an important Rocky View league game against the Chestermere before this weekend's annual Cochrane Classic for junior and senior boys teams.
Court says it's a great weekend, especially for their grade 12 players.
"It's one of their last chances to play in front of the school as a high school student. It's a lot of fun for them. We're excited, and we have a good challenge ahead of us."