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Photos: ECS Elecs senior girls' basketball Shoot for a Cure Pink Game

The Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs played Weyburn in a thrilling game Friday on an emotional night at ECS:

ESTEVAN - It was an emotional night at the Estevan Comprehensive School on Friday for the pink game at the annual Victor Elias Memorial ECS Shoot for a Cure basketball tournament.

The eight-team competition is a fundraiser for the fight against cancer, and the host Elecs and other teams donned pink for their games on Friday.

During the opening ceremonies, ECS student representative council co-president Conner Piche said the tournament started in 2009 when the Assiniboia Rockets purchased pink uniforms to support those fighting cancer. ECS soon started holding the tournament to support families battling cancer.

“This has helped build awareness, school spirit and community involvement here at ECS,” Piche said.

The tournament was later named after Elias – the father of Elecs head coach Jessie Smoliak. He died in 2017 after multiple battles with cancer spread out over years.

“This tournament means a lot to Mrs. Smoliak, as her father always volunteered and gave generously to others,” said Piche.

This year’s tournament beneficiary is ECS student Teigha Lesy, who is in Grade 11. She has been diagnosed with primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma and has been undergoing treatment.

(The Mercury will have more on her story later).

After Lesy was recognized, the players on the Elecs and their opponents, the Weyburn Comprehensive School Eagles, said who they were playing for this weekend, and released pink balloons into the air.

There will be a raffle and other initiatives during the weekend to raise funds for the Lesy family. The Elecs were also active raising funds before the tournament began.

As for Friday night’s game, the Elecs lost 66-65 to the Eagles. Estevan held the lead for most of the game, including a 48-41 advantage late in the third quarter, but Weyburn rattled off a 20-4 run to lead 61-54.

Estevan then outscored Weyburn 11-5 in the final minutes to create a thrilling finish for the large crowd that gathered at the ECS gymnasium.

The tournament will continue Saturday with games throughout the day.

The next edition of the Mercury will have a full recap of the tournament.