With the arrival of the second term, SMUS basketball immediately returned to action, with the various girls teams starting impressively.
First, the provincially 11th ranked Senior girls powered past Stelly’s and Pacific Christian School, with Judy Kim and Samantha Cuell both prominent in two very balanced team efforts.
The squad now looks forward to the January 18-20 Victoria City Police Tournament (hosted by SMUS), and an opening game versus visiting Fort Richmond Collegiate.
The Junior girls team took part in the Victoria Welcome Back tournament, defeating Stelly’s and St. Thomas More but dropping a tight game to Oak Bay en route to a third-place finish. Tatum Adair and Claire Southgate both performed well.
The Junior girls development squad battled Parkland in league play. After a see-saw battle through three quarters, the Blue Jags, behind Anna Brinham’s double-double and Jessie Cheng’s 13 points, prevailed 42-32.
On the Senior boys side, a very slow start made life difficult in a 57-50 league loss to rival Lambrick Park. A frantic comeback from a double-digit deficit fell short, despite 23 points from Ty Olynyk. The team looks forward to a January 16 league game at Mount Douglas, followed by a Victoria City Police Tournament opener two days later versus talented New Westminster.
A much anticipated Junior boys league game against Claremont certainly lived up to expectations. SMUS, paced by Noah Helman and Will Kinahan, led early, with the game then featuring multiple ties and lead changes. In the end, the visiting Spartans scrambled home 73-69.
The young Blue Jags team then traveled to Vancouver College for the prestigious Emerald tournament. Unfortunately, with Helman unavailable due to injury, and then Kinahan and Andres Vega Perez also suffering injuries, SMUS fell to Abbotsford, MacNeill and Cowichan.
At Junior development level, SMUS lost to Parkland. However, the all-Grade 9 squad continues to develop well, with Allistair Catto and Liam Erlic in particular doing good work.
Long overdue are big shout-outs to SMUS Alumni Mike Fuailefau ’10 and Steve Nash ’92. The former was named to the All-Tournament team at the World Rugby 7s leg in Cape Town back in December, while, to no one’s surprise, the latter was a first ballot 2018 nomination for the Basketball Hall of Fame.