Bronze at BCs
For a certain group of individuals, the last thing we remember before going on our indefinite break from school is travelling over to the Langley Event Center to battle against BC’s bests.
Our Sr. Boys Basketball team started their journey back in November. They hosted the ISA tournament at the start of November and though the results weren’t promising back then, the team kept their heads held high and looked forward to what the rest of the season had in store. A couple of weeks later, the story continued. The No Regrets Tournament would be a good test to see any progress the team had made, so half the team and a couple of juniors travelled to North Van during Snowball weekend. Thanks to the help of Ifeanyi A’s, Whittall ‘21, energy gummies, the team managed a 4th place finish. It seemed that huge progress was made that weekend.
The return after Christmas break was rough. The team seemed out of rhythm, but they were eager to get that back. The Victoria Police Tournament, where Jack NG, Ellis ‘21, and Juan NP, Whittall ‘20, earned an all-star nod, was a turning point. With this new wind behind the team, spirits were lifted and progress was made rapidly over the course of the next few weeks.
By the time February midterm rolled around, a long bus ride, where Shaw B and Jack NG, both Ellis ‘21, blessed - or cursed - the team with their amazing voices was all that stood in between them and the start of their playoff run. They started 2-0 conquering the North Island 2A banner. A week later, in our Foote Centre, the team was ready to defend their Island crown. In a final matchup against Lambrick Park, we were able to secure our 4th straight Island Championship banner and a trip to Provincials. Huge congrats to Justin W, Whittall ‘20, for earning a 2nd team all-star spot and Shaw B, Ellis ‘21, earning a 1st team all-star nod, as well Jack NG, Ellis ‘21, for earning the Defensive Player Award and Juan NP, Whittall ‘20, the Island MVP.
Four more dubs was all that was needed to bring the Provincial gold back to Mill Bay. A good first game saw our team gain confidence and a W to advance to the winner’s bracket. The 2nd game saw our team, with fresh haircuts (shoutout to Jeevers for the plug) take another W but, in a more frantic fashion. This sent the boys to the semi-final. A tough loss against eventual champs, Charles Hays, saw the boys wake up early Saturday to play for the dirty gold - bronze - medal. Once again, it was a matchup against our Victoria neighbors, Lambrick Park. The 3rd place game went in favour of us as we captured a 3rd place finish at the BCs. Once again, congrats to Juan NP for earning a 2nd team all-star and Shaw B, for earning a 1st team all star nod.
Thank you to all of our coaches, Mr Gage, Mr Sullivan, and Mr Pasquale for the time and effort that they put into this team. Nothing would’ve been possible without your guidance. Thanks to Laurel, Tanner, and Mike for keeping us healthy and dealing with our injury-prone team. Lastly, thanks to the team, to each and every single one of you boys, for all the sweat you dropped on the hardwood together, leaving it all out there, because it took all of us to achieve what we did. This was Brentwood’s 3rd podium finish at provincials in the last four years and it was special to be part of that greatness. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of that.
Family on 3!
Juan NP, Captain, Whittall ‘20