The basketball season continued apace, with numerous SMUS teams in action through the week.
The Senior boys started proceedings with a physical 65-43 league-opening win versus Claremont. Jake Wilmott registered five three-pointers en route to 23 points.
Then, playing one of its best games in many years, the team ambushed a very capable St. Thomas More squad. The Knights, defending AAA provincial champs and again ranked No. 1 in the BC poll, simply had no answer for the swarming Blue Jags defence. The long awaited return to the lineup of Callum Montgomery and Graeme Hyde-Lay proved significant, while Jason Scully (26) and Max Pollen (20) led the way on offence in a comprehensive 72-27 victory.
The following day did not produce quite the same fireworks, but SMUS still eased its way to a 74-48 win over Richmond’s R.C. Palmer. Scully again notched 26, while Hyde-Lay added 13 and recorded 10 assists. Only some erratic three-point shooting, normally a team strength, kept the margin from being wider.
Then, the much anticipated December 10 matchup with crosstown rival Lambrick Park certainly lived up to the hype. In the end, two Scully three balls, the first at the end of regulation and the second at the buzzer in OT, proved to be the difference in an exciting 68-65 win.
The Jags now travel to the Mainland this week to compete in the prestigious Vancouver College Emerald Tournament.
The Development team, up against Stelly’s, fell behind early before mounting a comeback. Shaco Chi, who led all scorers with 11 points, sparked the resurgence, while Jack Sherrod scored all of his nine points after halftime. Jonas Robinson shut down the opposition’s main threat to allow SMUS a chance to tie the game in the final seconds. However, a last shot rattled out, with the Stingers prevailing 44-41.
After splitting mid-week contests against Oak Bay and Mount Douglas, the Senior girls traveled to Vancouver to take part in the ISA tournament. Some stingy defence and balanced scoring from Emma Loughton, Charlie Colby, Aveen Glen and Leah Sparkman saw the Blue Jags subdue a physical Shawnigan team 46-31
In the semifinal, SMUS struggled from the field against Southridge, shooting just 23% en route to a 56-38 defeat. Emily Cuell, with 7 points and 7 rebounds, was the top performer. It was a similar story in the bronze medal matchup versus Mulgrave; despite 10 points from Robyn Noel and nine rebounds by Colby. Noel was named to the tournament All-Star team
The Junior boys produced another bronze medal tournament finish, this time in a Victoria City Invitational. Following a win versus Shawnigan, there was a sense of frustration as a fine defensive effort in the semifinal against Nanaimo District Secondary School was negated by a poor display from both the free throw and three-point lines. Still, the players bounced back from this disappointment to record a solid 51-42 victory over Semiahmoo. Throughout the weekend, point guard Ephraim Hsu, wing Jasper Bosley and post Quinn Ngawati performed well.
See more photos of the Senior girls basketball team at the SMUS Photo Gallery.