Athletics Review: Jan 19, 2011

Grade 8 Boys Basketball

The Grade 8 boys basketball team played in the St. Georges tournament, recording very good wins over South Okanagan and Notre Dame, but suffering their first loss of their season, 48-34, in the semifinals vs Vancouver College. Max Pollen was named a tournament All-Star.

January 21-22 the team will host its own tournament, with a possible Vancouver College rematch on the cards in the semifinal round.

Grade 9 Boys Basketball

The SMUS Grade 9 boys basketball team went undefeated this weekend on their half of the draw at the ISAs.  In the first game they overcame a bigger team with aggressive rebounding on both ends of the floor.  On the scoresheet, they were led by game MVP Matt Rud who had a game-high 18 points.

In their second game versus Mulgrave, the boys carved their way through the opposing team’s defense en route to a convincing 57-16 win.  Jeremy Chan’s guard play and decision making initiated a balanced offensive attack that saw 9 teammates hit the scoresheet.   Michael Baart led an intense pressure defense that forced several turnovers accounting for his 7 points scored in transition.

In their final challenge of the weekend they faced an able opponent in GNS.  Despite being up only 17-16 early in the 2nd quarter the team outscored their rivals 29-13 in the 2nd half en route to a decisive 52-34 result.  The team was led by the fearless rebounding and emotional spark of Jack Manus.  In the front court, Jordan Lane and Danny Wu hit 5 shots from beyond the arc at critical moments to maintain the momentum swings in SMUS’ favour.

After a very successful weekend that saw the team overcome emotional adversity and implementing new systems on the fly, the boys look forward to their upcoming games in the Cowichan Invitational next weekend.

Grade 10 Boys Basketball

Unfortunately for the Grade 10 Boys, an 11-0 record entering the New Year and the #1 ranking in BC proved to be shortlived, as the team first fell 60-56 in the opening round of the Vancouver College Tournament to streaky Burnaby South and then 42-40 to a vastly improved Brentwood in the ISA semifinal. Seven other comfortable wins were of no real consolation, as the two defeats cost the team a valuable chance to measure itself against some of the best in the province.

On the plus side, the team is slowly regaining health, with both Georgios Ikonomou and Colton Stockus back from long term injuries. Sparkplug guard Dawit Workie, sidelined since December 13 with a broken hand, is also due to resume playing shortly. Not far off is the BC Tournament, which SMUS will host March 3-5!!

Senior Boys Basketball

At the Senior level, little went right in the early January SMUS Invitational, with the team losing all four of its games despite patches of good play. The Police Tournament the following week was a definite improvement, with the squad reaching the semifinals after wins over Esquimalt and Shawnigan. However, a quick, physical and feisty GW Graham then proved to be a real handful, with another loss to Oak Bay following in the bronze medal game.

Liam MacLure and Connor Eden did have the distinction of being named to the All-Star team. Though only 8-9 overall to date, the team has shown at times the ability to compete with the very best AA programs in BC, but must improve defensively and rebound more consistently.

League play is set to begin January 18 and 20 with contests vs Parkland and Edward Milne.

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