Basketball playoffs have begun at Brentwood College School and the Junior A Boys team travelled to Carihi Secondary School to participate in the Island Championship Tournament. The top 10 teams on Vancouver Island head to this tournament hoping to place in the top 4 and earn themselves a berth in the Provincial Championships next week. Brentwood, amassing a 6-0 league record, entered the tournament as the #1 ranked team from the Mid-Island division, matching them up against the Dover Bay Dolphins, the third ranked team from the North division.
At the start of the game, Brentwood played, in Coach Sullivan’s words, “like they were still on the bus.” They managed, however, to shake off the cobwebs and played much more like themselves and they entered the half with a 37-12 lead. The strong play continued as Brentwood won their first game 69-30. Brendan S lead the team with 20 points. Bruno C & Olamide O contributed 14 and 12 points respectively, while Riley T scored 7 off the bench.
The following day, Brentwood was set to play in the semifinals against the Belmont Bulldogs, the first ranked team from the South division. Having scouted the Bulldogs, Brentwood was able to identify key players, preventing them from having a major impact on the game. After leading 41-14 at the half, the team's strong defense continued as they totalled 23 steals and won the game 76-36. Coach Sullivan would say that this was the best defensive game that we played all year. Brendan S scored 22 points to lead the team while Olamide O contributed 12. Casper P and Johnny M both had 10 points and Bruno C 10 assists. The win not only sent Brentwood to the finals, but more importantly, to Provincials for the second year in a row.
In the finals, Brentwood was matched up against the Carihi Tyees, the host team and the second-ranked team from the North division. The gym was loud, filled with cowbells and cheering fans, mostly for Carihi. The first quarter of the game was a constant back and forth battle between the teams. It ended with a Hail Mary turnaround three by Carihi to put them up 16-13.
In between the quarters Coach Sullivan instructed the team to slow down and play our game. Brentwood listened well and we were able to hold a 32-22 advantage heading into halftime.
The team continued to play their strong style of basketball throughout the rest of the game to emerge victorious, winning Islands for the first time in Brentwood history. The final score was 69-41. Brendan S led the team in scoring, tallying a career-high 30 points. Bruno C scored 11 points while Olamide O, Casper P, and Riley T combined for 30 rebounds. Bruno C was named a Tournament All-Star and Brendan S was named the Tournament MVP. Casper P, Johnny M, and Olamide O were named Players of the Game for the three games.
The team will use this week to improve in preparation for Provincials.
Mide O, Privett '18