Athletics Week in Review: January 31

Basketball

The B.C. AA No. 3 ranked Senior boys basketball team plowed through a demanding schedule, hosting four highly regarded provincial AAAA opponents.

When the dust had settled, SMUS could look back on a 3-1 record, with only a league loss to the B.C. AAAA No. 3 Oak Bay blotting a perfect week.

In subsequent victories over mainland powers Lord Tweedsmuir, Semiahmoo and Terry Fox, the Blue Jags married balanced scoring and tough defence. Ryan Hindson led the attack, well supported by Ben Keep and Jamison Schulz-Franco. On the other side of the ball, Jasper Bosley, Sammy De Vries, Bryn Haydock and Quinn Ngawati featured prominently.

SMUS now looks forward to completing Tier 1 league play, with games still remaining against Claremont, Lambrick Park, Parkland and Belmont. These results will confirm seeding for the City AA tournament February 13-16.

SMUS-170131-SS-SrBBall-03The Senior boys development team was in action over the weekend against cross-town rival Oak Bay B team. After a strong start, which saw the Blue Jags pull even with Oak Bay late in the second quarter, they lost their momentum. Despite the strong play, led by Nirov Mehta and Sean Finamore, the boys were unable to pull out a victory.

See more photos from the Senior boys development game at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

The Junior boys upended both Reynolds and Spectrum to even their league record at 3-3. The squad then took part in the Cowichan Invitational, dropping its opener to highly ranked St. George’s before beating Oak Bay 52-47. Then, a terrific 30 minutes of work versus Dover Bay, the top-rated North Island team, was undone by some late game turnovers and a disappointing overtime loss.

Nonetheless, the team continues to improve in leaps and bounds, with the City playoffs looming on the horizon. SMUS is now very much in the mix to advance from what will be a very competitive tournament.

SMUS-170131-MS-Gr8Volley-01Volleyball

The Grade 7 girls teams, SMUS Red and SMUS Blue, started play in the Lower Island Middle School Sporting Association (LIMSSA) competitive league. After just two weeks of practice, both teams made a strong start to the season, working hard to develop their serve receive and offensive systems. This week the girls see games at Royal Oak and Bayside.

See more photos from the Grade 8 girls volleyball games at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

Squash

At the ISA Squash tournament, the Senior girls defeated Shawnigan 4-1, with Angel Hu, Ellie Ross, Rachel Yuen and Madison Liew all recording victories in their matches.

SMUS-170131-Squash-03The Senior boys, featuring Nathan Von Hagen, Aamir Djearam, Lucas Galloway, Matthew Wong and Mark Felea-Motet, advanced to the final with victories over Shawnigan B and Brentwood. However, in the absence of the injured Euan Hannigan, they could not get past a strong Shawnigan A team.

The Junior boys also won the gold medal, recording a 5-0 win against Shawnigan. Sebastian Huxley, Stanley Weng, Seung Choi, Gosha Iazvenko and Christian Yuen combined strongly, with each player winning all their matches in straight sets.

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