Athletics Review: Final Basketball of 2012

Our basketball teams continued their successful start to the 2012-2013 season, combining for six wins as both remained undefeated.

The Junior boys mowed through three league opponents, defeating PCS, Parkland and then Claremont in decisive fashion. in the latter game, the Spartans hung around for much of the first half but struggled after the break as SMUS finished on top 59-33.

A weekend pair of exhibitions saw the Blue Jags cruise over Gulf Islands before meeting Lambrick Park in a much anticipated clash. The Lions, behind a barrage of three-point shots actually led 16-15 after seven minutes before SMUS flexed its power. Indeed, the subsequent 56-6 run over the next two and half quarters featured some swarming defence and hot shooting, and represented easily the best play by the Blue Jags this season.

Despite a 13-0 record, a BC #8 ranking and one very close overtime call vs Semiahmo, SMUS has not really been tested on any kind of a regular basis so far this season. That will change this coming weekend, with the team scheduled to face the likes of Aden Bowman of Saskatoon, in addition to Cowichan and Vancouver College, at the December 20-22 Oak Bay Gary Taylor Invitational.

Post Liam Catto has been on good form recently, with Jason Scully and Max Pollen leading a balanced scoring attack.

The Senior boys put their BC AA #1 ranking on the line on two occasions, first having to work harder than expected to subdue a gritty PCS squad 66-46 in the opening round of league play. With several starters unavailable because of exams, junior Graeme Hyde-Lay enjoyed a deserved call-up while post Matt Rud celebrated with a career-high 25 points in addition to 10 rebounds.

On December 15, SMUS hosted Fraser Valley AAA power WJ Mouat. In front of a large and appreciative crowd, the Blue Jags parlayed a hot start and some outstanding defence to register a 60-49 victory. Point guard Mark Yorath (14 points, 10 assists and 7 boards) flirted with a “triple double”, while post Mack Catto led all scorers with 16. Wayne Lin, Dave Pollen, Keiler Totz, Dawit Workie and Georgios Ikonomou teamed up to thwart completely the Hawks star guard Corey Huack as well as 6’10” pivot Tristan Etienne.

Now 9-0, SMUS moves on to the Gary Taylor tournament and its own opening round matchup with Aden Bowman. A win will mean a likely semifinal clash with Saskatchewan’s #1-rated Cambell College. Host Oak Bay and Vancouver College headline the other side of the draw.

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