Athletics Week in Review: January 24

It was the usual busy basketball week, with multiple teams in action.

The Junior girls evened their league record at 2-2 with a hard-fought 36-23 victory over Reynolds. Zoe Wilson-Potter and Morgan Warner spearheaded a gritty defensive effort. SMUS now looks forward to the ISAs at St. Margaret’s School this weekend.

Check out more photos from the Junior girls game vs. Reynolds on the SMUS Photo Gallery.

The Junior boys recorded a significant upset win in their match-up versus league-leading Lambrick Park. A furious fourth quarter comeback, led by Lucas Bosley and Ty Olynyk, saw the Blue Jags recover from a 10-point deficit to triumph 51-47. The team then competed very well two days later in an exhibition against Chilliwack’s GW Graham, battling on even terms against a quality opponent for long periods before falling 58-50.

The group is improving significantly with each outing, with key league games versus Reynolds and Spectrum set for January 24 and 26.

Meanwhile, the Junior boys development squad moved to 11-5 on the season with a strong 35-30 win against Parkland. Laurenz Dahm and Diego Garcia, working hard at both ends of the floor, provided captains Garry Gu, Connor Chan and James Scott with strong support.

Check out more photos from the Junior boys game vs. Parkland at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

The Senior boys also seemed to hit stride last week, defeating Parkland 62-44 before topping Lambrick Park 87-65. Then, in perhaps their best performance to date, the team upended B.C. AA No. 2 GW Graham 73-70 in a very exciting game. Jasper Bosley’s defence, combined with balanced scoring from Bryn Haydock, Sammy De Vries, Ben Keep, Ryan Hindson and Jamison Schulz-Franco made the difference.

With the win, the Blue Jags could move up a place or two in the provincial rankings, as playoffs loom on the horizon. First, however, come several exciting encounters, with AAAA heavyweights Oak Bay, Lord Tweedsmuir, Semiahmoo and Terry Fox all set to visit SMUS between January 24 and 28.

Finally, on the squash circuit, several SMUS athletes performed well at the Jericho Junior Open in Vancouver. Matias Totz reached the final of the boys U15 division, while Sebastian Huxley defeated teammate Kevin Zhang in the U15 B flight. Grade 7 athletes Alex B. and Christian Y., both playing up a division, finished in the top six of their respective competitions.

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