Athletics Review: December 5, 2011

Grade 9 Boys Basketball
The team opened its season versus Oak Bay. The boys jumped out to an early and decisive lead, scoring often in transition, en route to a 52-18 win. Jake Wilmott led the way with 11 points while Grant Nicholson contributed 9 points.

Junior Boys Basketball
After a relatively straightforward victory over Belmont, the Junior boys faced off against visiting Yarra Valley School from Melbourne, Australia. The game was extremely close all the way, with suffocating defensive pressure by both teams making life difficult for the respective offences. In the end, led by Jason Scully and Graeme Hyde-Lay, SMUS overturned a five-point fourth-quarter deficit to end up on top 41-40.

Junior Girls Basketball
The Junior girls A team played three challenging games in the Victoria Tip-off tournament this weekend. They won their first game of the season against the host school, Spectrum, by a slim three points, but unfortunately could not gain another victory against an impressive squad from Riverside school and a skilled Claremont team. The girls finished a respectable fourth place out of 12 teams and impressive defensive efforts were displayed by the team`s two captains, Sam Colby and Emma Donald.

This weekend, the Junior girls developmental team participated in their first tournament of the season at Shawnigan Lake School. The girls first game was a tough loss, 20-25 to the Gulf Islands team. This was our first game together, the girls quickly learnt how to communicate and play together as a team. The second game was against a strong team from Wellington High School. This game showed the girls what we have to work towards this season. The SMUS team should be proud of themselves for sticking in there and not giving up despite the score.

The final game was against John Stubbs School. This was an awesome game to watch. Almost all the players were able to score at least once and the girls did a fantastic job of running the offence and rebounding. The final score was 46-15 for SMUS! Leading scorers this weekend were Noelle Skillings and Vivian Wai Tung Lam and the most-improved player was Anna Maria Fernandez. This is going to be a competitive season for the girls and the SMUS coaches have complete confidence in the team`s future success.

The first league game takes place on December 13, 2011 at Parklands.

Senior Boys Basketball
The Senior boys enjoyed a 71-69 home win over crosstown rivals Belmont, but not before almost frittering away a 19-point second-half advantage. Then, at the ISA Tournament, some excellent second-half defence helped break open a tight game and produce a 70-39 victory against Collingwood.

Unfortunately, when shorthanded due to injury, university visits, First Aid courses and players involved in the BC U19 club rugby finals, the team fell 69-58 to St. George’s in the semi-final. Given the circumstances, this was a very credible performance, with guards Mark Yorath and Dawit Workie performing particularly well under heavy pressure. The subsequent bronze medal game against Southridge was less enthralling, resulting in a second defeat, this time by 74-65.

All things considered, the team is progressing well. Speed and depth will have to compensate for lack of size, starting December 10 when SMUS hosts BC AAA #2 ranked Terry Fox.

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