Basketball: Beyond Senior Boys

While the Senior boys have been in the limelight a good deal over the past month, having just reclaimed the provincial AA #1 ranking, they aren’t the only SMUS basketball team that’s been hitting the court.

Pride of place goes to the Junior girls squad, currently tied for first in the local league and twice winners over Oak Bay in recent weeks. Though facing some injury issues, the players have really battled well, led by newcomer Mia Roberts. Others to the forefront have been Leah Sparkman, Olivia Donald and Chloe Keeler-Young.

SMUS now looks forward to the ISA tournament this weekend, with City playoffs set for early February.

At the Senior girls level, after a 1-3 performance in a very competitive SMUS Invitational event, the Blue Jags resumed league play last week at Parkland. Despite 16 points from Sam Colby and a dozen from Jenna Dhillon, the team struggled to deal with the opponent’s stifling pressure and fell 72-53. Expect some adjustments when the two squads meet again January 14.

The Junior boys team evened their league record at 2-2, defeating Belmont 40-27 after losses vs top ranked Oak Bay and Claremont. In the latter game, a good defensive effort went for naught, as numerous high percentage scoring chances went a begging. Jasper Bosley has continued his fine pre-Christmas form, and will be a key performer when the team attends the ISA Tournament this weekend at Shawnigan.

The Junior boys developmental squad won its opening league game 39-25 at Dunsmuir, and – while facing some tough matchups against various A teams in Invitational tournaments – has acquitted itself well. Tyler Strandberg, Gabriel Kingsley, Shaco Chi and Sean Lider have all played steadily.

Finally, the Senior boys developmental team extended its good form into the New Year, running its league record to 4-1 with wins over Stelly’s and Vic High. Guards Alex Caton, David Lee and Jeremy Chan have anchored the backcourt, with post Mike Cernucan helping provide a real defensive presence. A big challenge awaits them on January 16 in the form of provincial AAA power Wellington in the first round of the GP Vanier tournament.


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