In another extremely busy week of basketball, the Junior girls took pride of place. First, the team, thanks to an aggressive defence and good transition play, recorded an important 12-point league win over Oak Bay.
In Vancouver at the ISA Tournament, the Blue Jags, led by Kenzi Farish, opened with a big win over Shawnigan, before then rallying to beat York House in the semi-final. The squad then blitzed Crofton House in the first quarter en route to a 47-37 triumph in the championship game. Tatum Adair directed a solid defensive effort, while Janet Enge was named tournament MVP.
At the Senior girls level, SMUS comfortably defeated Belmont in league play before hosting the annual Victoria City Police Tournament. Unfortunately, hopes of advancing through the championship bracket were scuppered by a first-round loss to Fort Richmond from Manitoba.
The Centurions’ swarming press staked them to a double digit lead by half time, and, while the Blue Jags scrambled to draw level with a minute to play, they were unable to complete the comeback. Jordan Stonehouse, with 25 points, Zoe Lott and Taylor Noel all performed well.
The team did rebound to beat Lambrick Park and Pacific Christian School to finish 5th overall.
Next up is a league game at Oak Bay before the team travels to the Southridge Tournament January 26-27.
Though Anna Brinham flirted with a double-double, the Junior girls development squad fell 39-23 to a tough Reynolds team. SMUS now sets its sights on the ISA Tier 2 championship.
The Senior boys, thanks to a late Ephraim Hsu trifecta, held on to beat Mount Douglas 52-51 in an exciting Tier 1 tilt. Then, in the Police Tournament, a promising start was undone by a sluggish second quarter in what finished a 61-52 loss to New Westminster.
The team did manage to win its final two games, edging past Maple Ridge 50-46 in a defensive slug fest before beating St. Andrews.
A few key league games in the next two weeks now awai.
The Junior boys hoped that a 55-44 win versus Stratford Hall in the opening round of their ISA Tournament would help end a recent swoon. However, though Noah Helman and Will Kinahan provided some solid offence, SMUS dropped further games to Mulgrave and Collingwood.
At their own ISA event, the Junior boys development group played with great spirit and, led by Liam Erlic, Peter Hindi and Allistair Catto, were eventually rewarded with a 39-24 victory over Meadowridge.
SMUS featured very prominently in the Jericho Junior Open. Oliver Kerr (U15 boys Open), John D. (U15 boys Silver), Gosha Iazvenko (U17 boys Silver), Sofia Q. (U17 girls Open) and Alex B. (U19 girls Open) all claimed gold medals.
Jeffrey L., Owen V., Alden W., Christian Y., Stanley Weng, Phillip Sing and Matias Totz also reached the podium, in either second or third place, in their respective divisions.