There has been much water under the bridge since mid-December, with many of the school’s basketball teams playing in as many as four tournaments in this time frame.
The Senior girls, in addition to some league action, won two of three games in the recent Victoria City Police Tournament. After a narrow loss to eventual finalist Ballenas, SMUS bounced back with wins over Mark Isfeld and Pacific Christian School. In the latter affair, a buzzer-beating triple by post Georgia Haydock capped an exciting comeback victory. Taylor Noel has also been in top form.
The Junior boys development team enjoyed two successful tournaments, reaching the final in both the Belmont and ISA events. Matias Totz, Connor Chan and Andrei Mironov all made big contributions, while Ewan Halliday’s stellar defence saw him capture a Player of the Game award.
At the Senior boys development level, the team traveled to Ganges to take part in the Gulf Islands Invitational. Though dropping narrowly all three games – to Stelly’s, Highland and the host Scorpions – SMUS played extremely well, led by top scorer Nirov Mehta. Congratulations also to Jack Zhu, named the winner of the tournament’s prestigious Nairn Howe award for exemplary character.
The Senior boys squad played in four events over the past month, coming up against top-flight competition from Alberta, B.C. and Washington state. Five wins and seven losses in this period saw the Blue Jags slip from first to fourth in the provincial AA poll. Indeed, this was a fair enough consequence, with erratic shooting and players away for various reasons contributing to inconsistent form.
SMUS now enters the most difficult stretch of the season, with games January 19-28 against a formidable array of AA and AAAA opponents. Current B.C. AA No. 2 GW Graham provides the opposition January 21, with Oak Bay and Semiahmoo among the teams scheduled the following week.