The basketball season began its countdown to the playoffs, with the Senior girls playing one of their best games versus BC AAA power Oak Bay. A gritty effort saw the Blue Jags recover from a slow start to get back to within five points in the final quarter before falling 75-57. Zoe Lott sparked the revival with 16 points.
SMUS then took part in the Southridge Invitational, winning one of its three games. The squad dropped its opener versus Argyle, and then were beaten by AA rival Langley Christian. The Blue Jags did manage a win in their final game against Windsor.
The Junior girls development team finished fifth at the ISA Tier 2 tournament. After an opening round 47-34 loss to Southpointe, the Blue Jags rebounded to defeat Glenlyon Norfolk School 33-16 and Stratford Hall 42-37. Jessie Cheng, Ellie Ross, Anna Brinham and Nadine Reis all played well.
On the boys’ side, the Seniors boys endured a difficult evening against BC AAAA No. 1 Oak Bay but then bounced back to record a second league victory over Mount Douglas. Ty Olynyk, Kelvin Wong and Lucas Bosley paced a balanced attack, while Sean Finamore led the defence.
The team now looks ahead to an important January 30 league game at Lambrick Park before turning its attention to an Invitational tournament February 2-3 co-hosted by Shawnigan and Brentwood.
The Junior boys enjoyed a successful week, first edging out Lambrick Park 53-52 in league action. Owen Snyder played his best game of the season, rebounding well and scoring 15 points. Ethan Brownsey and Will Kinahan shared a further 28 points.
This was then followed by another league victory over Royal Bay. SMUS, with Noah Helman notching 30 points, then opened the Cowichan tournament with a comfortable quarterfinal win over Dover Bay.
In the semi-final, the Blue Jags, with Helman again a force inside and Justin Lee adding a dozen points, upset local rivals Belmont 61-55. However, a large and powerful Handsworth team proved a bridge too far in the championship match, as the Royals’ 1-3-1 zone defence stifled the SMUS attack.
This past weekend, SMUS hosted a city-wide 10-team Hoop Jamboree for some of our youngest athletes – Grade 4 and 5. More than 250 boys and girls took part in the jamboree. Congratulations to the SMUS squads, which finished top two in each division. The Grade 4 girls played well in all three of their games to claim first place. The Grade 5 girls continued their excellent play and managed to edge out some tough competition in the finals. The Grade 4/5 boys made it to the finals in their division as well and lost a tough game in overtime to finish second. A huge thank you to all who participated and the parents who cheered them on. Thank you to the Senior School students who helped with score-keeping and running the concession.