Athletics Review: Jan 31, 2011

Junior Boys Basketball
It was another week of highs and lows for the Junior boys basketball team.

Following the best performance of the season, a comprehensive 70-26 league defeat of Claremont, and a subsequent 56-41 win over well regarded JN Burnett of Richmond, the team then came hit some misfurtune in the final of the Claremont Invitational, losing 55-52 to the hosts.

This stunning 47 point turnaround in the space of only five days reflected something of a disturbing trend in the Junior boys’ performances to date, with little consistency shown from game to game. When on song, the players are capable of some sublime basketball, but when not alert and focused, they are vulnerable to any opponent.

The team did bounce back with a 60-44 victory over Spectrum, thereby clinching the City league title in advance of the February 8-11 City playoff tournament.

Senior Girls Basketball
This past weekend the girls participated in a tournament at Belmont. There were a total of six teams involved including a big rival for SMUS, Brittania. Friday the girls faced the home team Belmont, who they played back in December when they were missing players. The girls expected some competition, but while the game was close for the first quarter, by the half the girls were up by 20 points and kept this lead throughout the game. Annie Pike was named player of the game as she worked hard despite the 20-point lead. Abbey Piazza and Allie White also had a great game as both had 20 points each for the game.

The following day came a big game against Brittania. The girls faced Brittania last year in a challenge match to determine who would qualify for provincials. It was a close game last year but the girls pulled through. Unfortunately for this game, despite the 1 point difference after the first quarter, the girls were unable to keep up. The girls played tough defence, preventing them from scoring too much, yet when it came to the girl’s offence, they were unable to get on the scoreboard. Madison Hadfield was named player of the game as she got us up on the scoreboard in the second half with some great shots.

The final game of the weekend was against a tough team from Terry Fox Secondary School in Coquitlam. Terry Fox managed to get ahead in the first half yet the girls did what they could defensively. After the first half, the girls played much more aggressively and managed to only be down by 6 points. In the last couple minutes of the game, when the girls thought we could make it close, Terry Fox scored a couple baskets to win by 13. Sophia Ducharme had an amazing game with great defence as well as some great shots; Sophia was named player of the game.

Squash
This past Friday, the competitive squash group participated in the ISAs in Vancouver. SMUS had three teams participating: the Junior boys, Senior boys and a girls team. The Junior boys (Matthew Ashton, Michael Rossi, Zachary Kahn, Jack Janus and Liam Keeler-Young) played well and managed a third place finish.
The Senior boys (Tyler Olson, Rodrigo Lima, Moishe Steinbok, Lachlan Glen, Michael Groot and Cole Turner) played great and placed second.
The girls (Nicole Bunyan, Paula Weech, Arden Mollenhauer, Nghi Nguyen and Vivian Lam) also captured second place.

Upcoming for squash is the Pacific Northwest Junior Tournament held here in Victoria at the Cedar Hill Squash Club on February 18th-20th. Many SMUS players will be participating and it will be a great weekend!

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