Athletics Review: January 25, 2009

SMUS Defeats Lambrick Park in Spirit Night Showdown
The Senior boys basketball team had just one game to play, but it was a big one. Both the Senior boys and girls teams took to the court in the “spirit” game against cross-town AA rival, Lambrick Park.

After getting out to a slow start, the boys tightened up at half time and by applying some full court pressure wore the visiting Lions out. The defensive shift sparked the SMUS offensive game, as the boys began to knock down open shot after open shot, eventually taking the lead on an impressive 17-0 run in the third quarter. The boys did not look back and won the game 74-61 in front of their loyal home court fans.

Jamie Yorath was the player of the game for the Blue Jags, not only offensively, but defensively as well.

Senior Girls Basketball
The Senior girls basketball team also faced arch-rival Lambrick Park in the “spirit night,” which was organized by the SMUS Athletic Council and featured SMUS’ own DJ Legit. In a game that saw SMUS take the lead from the get go, it had the intensity of the playoffs. Up by only 4 pts at the half, SMUS went into the third quarter looking poised on offense as they attacked Lambrick’s 3-2 zone. The Blue Jags did not disappoint, as they took down the Lions 51-40.

Sydney Stockus led all scorers with 20 points, looking silky smooth from the perimeter and nailing many a jump-shot. Ceilidh MacLeod added 16 points and Lauren Kipp chipped in with 9 points. Shelby Boehm made her contribution on the boards, pulling down 14 points for the game.

It was a great team effort and huge win for the team.

Junior Girls Basketball
The SMUS Junior girls competed in the annual Victoria City Police Tournament at Central Middle School. On Monday, the girls kept it close with Mount Douglas until the fourth quarter when the Rams hit some key shots to pull out a 36-24 victory. Annie Pike was the leading scorer with 8 points and Sophie Yeates was consistent on the rebounding end pulling down 12 boards. On Wednesday, the team faced Reynolds and lost 42-25, with Annie Pike scoring 16 points and Mary Fry grabbing 12 rebounds.

The last game of the tourney saw the Blue Jags play Belmont. After a slow start, the girls kicked it into high gear with some intense full court defense, holding Belmont to just 4 points in the second half. The final score was in SMUS’ favour, 39-14.

Annie Pike put up 18 points. After missing a couple games, Cliona Quail-Bradley came back from injury strong, scoring 9 points. Montana Sawyer chipped in with 8 points. Once again, the team put forth a strong rebounding effort, pulling down a total of 34 rebounds from the likes of Sophie Yeates (8), Hannah Furness (7), Mary Fry (6) and Montana Sawyer (6). The next game for the SMUS Junior girls will be Friday and Saturday when they participate in the ISA Tournament hosted by SMUS. Their first game will be Friday morning against Mulgrave at 11:30 am.

Grade 9 Boys Basketball
The Grade 9 team, unbeaten heading into the week, received several lessons in the course of suffering three losses in five games.

Certainly, in the form of Mt. Douglas and then at a stacked Hugh Boyd Invitational Tournament in Richmond, the calibre of opposition represented a marked step up. Against a well-drilled Mt. Douglas outfit, a 26-26 half time deadlock ended up a 62-49 defeat, with the Rams scoring at will in a dominant second half. On the same day, half of the team ventured to Sooke for a league game with Edward Milne, recording an easy 70-14 win. Johnny Huang earned 28 points, a game high.

On the weekend SMUS travelled to Richmond, to take part in a competition featuring five of the six top-ranked teams in BC. In the opening game vs Pitt Meadows, MacLure (22) and point guard Joe Erlic (21) did most of the scoring in the 57-43 victory.

The win set up a semi-final show down with the host school, and immediately demonstrated a wide gulf in size, athleticism and belief. A panicky start, in the face of a swarming Hugh Boyd 2-2-1 zone press, resulted in numerous turnovers and a 13-4 deficit. Erlic was the first to adapt to the increased pace of the game, earning the team’s first 12 points. Helped by good work by MacLure around the hoop and a Johnny Sipos corner three pointer, the team drew level at 23-23. However, after a disastrous final 90 seconds, the hosts held a 30-23 half time lead. From there, Hugh Boyd extended the lead in short order from seven to fifteen, and, despite 26 points from Erlic, ran out 61-43 winners.

Three hours later, SMUS was back on the court, this time against powerful Kitsilano, who had dropped a tough semi-final of its own to BC #1 South Burnaby. Both squads looked quite tired, but Kitsilano pulled ahead to a 26-19 halftime lead. The starting group was given the task of narrowing this lead in the third quarter, but with 8 minutes left, SMUS was still behind 41-34. The reserve players then took to the court, but were unable to overtake Kitsilano.

Based on the weekend, the margin between SMUS and the top five teams in the province appears fairly significant, but with some small improvements, the will close substantially.

Next up for the team is a crucial January 28 home league game vs Oak Bay. The team will also play in the Island Tournament, set to be held February 20-21 at SMUS. The top two teams from this event qualify for the BC Grade 9 Tournament, March 5-7 in the Fraser Valley.

Junior Boys Basketball
Last week saw the Junior boys played in the Police Tournament. The team first took on Stelly’s didn’t hit their stride offensively. Though the game was close the entire way, the Blue Jags were unable to score down the stretch, and ended up losing their first round game.

Game two saw the team face Edward Milne. SMUS jumped out to an early lead and did not look back at any point. One very positive outcome from this game was that many players on the team were able to see big minutes on the court and the team ended up winning 65-30.

The tournament wrapped-up with the boys playing Spectrum for 5th place. This game started out much like the previous game, with the SMUS press being too much for Spectrum. This game also saw every player on the team get floor time, with stand-out performances from Glenn Keough and Mike Shaw. The final result was a fifth place finish.

Grade 9 Girls Basketball
The Grade 9 girls took the windy road to Sooke to meet Edward Milne in Tuesday league action. The first quarter started off with a torrent offensive pace. Apart from a few chippy plays and a fair amount of contact, SMUS maintained their composure. Alexis Thind came off the bench to provide some great rebounds, and the entire team played a supportive role to Isailah Johnson-Ferguson’s offensive production. Final score was 46-25 in favour of SMUS.

On Thursday, SMUS played host to Esquimalt. At the start of the game, SMUS was off to the races. In the first quarter, solid production from Madison Hadfield and Isailah Johnson-Ferguson gave the Blue Jags a substantial lead. The remainder of the game was lightly contested but saw contributions from all players in both the offensive and defensive zones. The result was a 59-8 win, leaving SMUS in a 3-way tie for 1st place in league standings.

Senior Boys JV Basketball
The JV squad travelled across the Strait to participate in the ISA Sr. Boys Basketball Tournament. They opened play against host, West Point Grey, whose inside game proved too strong for the Blue Jags. After dropping their first round game, the team rebounded to defeat in the prime-time slot on Friday night. On Saturday, the Blue Jags faced St. John’s for 3rd place rights. St John’s scored the deciding buckets on free throws during their final possession to edge out a 49-47 win. Clutch performers in the final game were Shun Kinoshita, with his great defence on their point guard and perimeter shooting; Cologne Chang, who led the team in points; Ryan Tang, who had a great all-around game on both ends of the floor; and Justin Wong, who was a presence on both the offensive and defensive glass.

Badminton
The Senior badminton team travelled to St. Andrews and came up with a 9-2 win. The team now boasts a 3-0 record, and will put their undefeated streak on the line in their next match vs. Claremont on Feb. 3rd. This match will no doubt be a clash of the titans, as both teams are looking sensational thus far. Young Ethan Lee has shone this past week, and surprise player Stacie Hoi came out of the woodwork to contribute nicely with a large singles’ win.

Squash

Junior B/Novice Squash Tournament Results

Girls Under 17/19

Winner: Samantha Dark
Runner-up: Lisa Evans
5th: Celine Lo

Boys U19

3/4th: Kristijan Gjorgjevik
5th: Justus Koenigs
6th: Colin Sedgewick

Boys U17

4th: Oliver
Brooks

6th: Lachlan Glenn
7th: Miklos Tusz
8th: Cole Turner

On Saturday, Samm and Lisa battled each other in three tough sets with Samm prevailing. Samm’s strong serving helped tip the scale in her favour to dictate and take control of the rallies in set #3.

Oliver encountered a strong opponent from Shawnigan who had more experience and better skill. Oliver put in a good effort. Lachlan had an epic battle with his opponent and lost by one point in the fifth set. Lachlan played well all weekend and really improved his match toughness.

Other Squash Results:

Canadian Junior Open – Niagara

Girls Under 17 

4th: Nicole Bunyan   

Scottish Junior Open – Edinburgh

Boys Under 17

3rd: Tyler Olson    
Comfort Inn Open – Vancouver
Men’s Open Runner-up: Tyler Olson

Women’s B

Runner-up: Nicole Bunyan

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