Athletics Week in Review: February 4

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Basketball was the name of the game at SMUS this past week, as our teams participated in a number of tournaments as we approach playoffs in the very near future.

The Junior boys development team finished with a 2-1 record at last week’s ISA Junior Tier Two Tournament at SMUS, which earned them a hard-fought third-place win. The bronze medal game against Southpointe went to overtime, where our Bandits played suffocating defense and made a couple of timely baskets. Edwin Kim at point guard and Kason Grewal at post put in gritty, hardworking performances in the final game against Southpointe.

Senior boys basketball enjoyed a successful week, defeating Claremont in Tier 1 league play on January 27 before then winning the Countdown to Playoffs Tournament hosted by Brentwood and Shawnigan.

Liam Catto, with 21 points and 10 rebounds, led the way versus the Spartans.

In the Countdown event, strong bench play, aggressive defence and balanced scoring, against Parkland, Mark R. Isfeld and then Belmont, sent SMUS through to the final against Nanaimo.

In the championship game, with Graeme Hyde-Lay notching a team-high 18 points, the Blue Jags negotiated some sticky moments to record a 57-49 victory. Full game reports are available at smusbasketball.blogspot.ca.

The team now returns to league action, starting with a February 5 away game to Mount Douglas.

The Senior girls basketball team was in action this past weekend at the St. Thomas More Collegiate Invitational. More than 10 days had passed since the Blue Jags’ last game and they were a bit rusty. With only a six-player roster for the tournament (due to illness and injury), the remaining girls needed to be firing on all cylinders. In the opening game, SMUS faced a tough McMath team. McMath boasted a senior line-up and they played some very polished basketball. They were too strong, offensively, for SMUS, as they rolled their way to an easy 74-41 win. Leah Sparkman led the Blue Jags with 15 points, and Aveen Glen added 13 points.

In the second game, SMUS faced the New West Hyacks. It was a winnable game, but unfortunately some lackluster shooting really put a damper on the Blue Jags’ offense, as they struggled to score just 41 points. The final score ended up 58-41 in favour of New West. The Sparkman/Glen duo combined for 22 points, Chloe Keeler-Young added 9 points and Emma Loughton chipped in with 7 points.

In the third, and final game of the tournament, the Blue Jags faced the host school’s developmental team. SMUS came out with some fire in the first half and looked to be in control defensively, limiting STM to one-shot opportunities. Glen led all scorers with 18 points, as the Blue Jags earned a win, 41-32.

Next up for the Senior girls are two big league games against Lambrick Park and Pacific Christian School.

(photo by Mike Edwards)

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