It was an exciting and successful week on the basketball front, with all teams positioning for extended playoff runs.
Congratulations are in order for the Senior girls, who first negotiated a tricky 46-40 semi-final win over host Lambrick Park. The squad then recovered from an early nine point deficit against Royal Bay, storming back to claim a decisive 72-58 victory and with it, a City title.
The SMUS front line of Georgia Haydock, Meredith Selwood and Zoe Lott dominated inside, while Emily Stone turned in a very solid, all-round performance.
The team now enters their Island AA tournament as the South No. 1 seed.
The Junior girls also played in an intense City tournament, with a Janet Enge buzzer-beater the difference in a 43-42 semi-final victory versus Pacific Christian School. The final, against Claremont, also produced its share of drama, as a Claudia Murr trifecta with one second to play sent the game to overtime. Unfortunately, the Spartans then eked out a two-point lead and managed to just hold on.
Both teams travel to Nanaimo February 15-17 for the Island finals.
The Junior girls development squad made a promising start to its local playoffs, riding a hot start versus Parkland en route to a 47-43 opening round win. Jessie Cheng and Anna Brinham combined for 31 points, while Nadine Reis and Ellie Ross also contributed well. The Blue Jags now face St. Andrew’s in a Valentines Day semi-final.
The Senior boys side, led by City All-Star Kelvin Wong, closed Tier 1 league action with two competitive games against Claremont and Belmont. SMUS entered the AA post-season with a South Island match-up versus a scrappy Parkland outfit first on the docket.
Following the completion of the South Island event, SMUS will host the full Island AA tournament February 22-24. The top three finishers in that event qualify for provincials.
Finally, the Junior boys confirmed their place in the full Island tournament, to be held February 15-17 at Shawnigan Lake School, with a third place finish in a highly competitive City qualifier. The team, seeded No. 6, opened with a victory over No. 3 Belmont before falling to Claremont in the semi-final. SMUS then kept its season alive by defeating Reynolds 60-42 before securing the bronze medal with another hard-fought win over Belmont.
Noah Helman, Andres Vega Perez and Will Kinahan continued their fine play, while Justin Lee’s red hot outside shooting also proved vital.
Away from the hardwood, boys and girls rugby training is well underway, while SMUS gets set to co-host the prestigious BC Jesters Pacific Northwest Junior Squash Championships, February 15-18.