SMUS basketball got underway on multiple fronts, with teams eager, after weeks of practice, to see game action.
The Senior girls had a particularly busy schedule, giving an excellent account of themselves in a 58-56 loss to Alberta powerhouse Harry Ainlay. Then, in the SMUS-hosted ISA tournament, the Blue Jags, thanks to comfortable victories against Crofton House and York House, reached the final versus Southridge.
In a tense and tight affair, SMUS had several opportunities to win down the stretch, but fell on the wrong side of a 45-43 decision. However, the squad bounced back immediately in league play, dropping longtime rival Lambrick Park in comprehensive fashion.
While Charlie Colby, Mia Roberts and Leah Sparkman recorded some good scoring efforts, the strength of the team is clearly its depth, with all 11 players contributing well.
An almost completely new group of Senior boys went 3-1, first defeating Belmont 60-42 in exhibition play. At their own ISA tournament, a poor SMUS start allowed Shawnigan to gain an early 15-point lead en route to a 64-52 win. The Jags did bounce back the next day to defeat West Point Grey and St. George’s “B” team. Much will be required from returnees Lucas de Vries and Alec Keech, while the steady development of the eight Grade 11 players will also be vital. Up now is the December 10-12 Vancouver College Emerald Tournament. Good luck!
The Senior boys development team dropped a first encounter to Esquimalt, and then, at the Esquimalt Tournament, its first two games to Reynolds and Nanaimo Christian. However, with Nirov Mehta, Edwin Kim and Ben Parker all to the fore, the squad turned the tables on Esquimalt by virtue of a 59-54 victory.
The Junior boys split four games at the Oak Bay Jamboree, struggling somewhat to contain both the hosts and Steveston-London, but then they beat Dover Bay and NDSS, thanks to very solid defence. Grade 10 students Ephraim Hsu, Triumph Kerins and Matt Hagkull will all have a big role to play.
Last weekend, a group of Middle and Senior School squash students headed to North Vancouver to compete in the Evergreen Junior Open. Our athletes all performed well, with a handful of them coming home with medals. In the girls competitions, Brooke Herring earned first place in the gold division; Alex Brown earned first place in the silver division; Katie Rothwell, Charlotte Campbell and Ava Galloway earned first, second and third, respectively, in the bronze division. The boys side saw some fierce competition, but Lucas Galloway returned to Victoria after having earned a very respectable third place in the boys division.
(photos by Kyle Slavin)