North Islands Basketball
Basketball playoffs have officially begun and the Senior Basketball team has spent the last month ranked #1 in the BC AA rankings and had a chance this past weekend to prove their talent at their first playoff obstacle in the form of North Islands at nearby Shawnigan Lake School.
Due to their first place ranking, Brentwood had a bye on Thursday, giving them an extra day to practice. On Friday, the team was set to play Highland Secondary. Due to some transportation issues, Brentwood did not have a long time to get changed and ready for the game, so their use of warm up was very important. The team put this time to good use as they came out of the gates firing. Cole H, Whittall ‘17 won the tip and hit it to Brendan S, Ellis ‘18 for the game’s opening basket. Hands were active early, leading to several steals and layups. This trend continued for the rest of the first half, as Brentwood went into the locker room with a 55-13 advantage. In hopes of slowing the game down and improved finishing, Coach Gage implored his team to use up as much shot clock as possible and focus on scoring in the paint. This tactic paid dividends for the team as the big men all posted season highs in scoring led by Olamide O, Privett ‘18 with 16 points and Somto D, Rogers ‘18 with 13 points. More exciting, Cole H had the team’s first dunk in four years which was pretty hype. The final score of the game was 95-30.
The team’s victory set them up with a matchup against the host team. Having faced Shawnigan twice before, Brentwood was well versed with their opponent. Shawnigan supporters slowly filled the stands while the teams warmed up. Upon tip-off, Brentwood quickly jumped out to a lead. The team continually challenged Shawnigan’s interior defense, often resulting in layups and floaters. On the other end of the court, Brentwood forced their opponents into difficult shots. The trend of attacking one paint and protecting the other continued for the rest of the game and Brentwood left the gym with an 85-41 victory. The team was led by Nathan P, Ellis ‘18 who had five three-pointers in his lofty scoring total.
With a first place finish at North Islands, Brentwood is in good shape heading into Islands, which they host starting tomorrow. The team hopes to make provincials for the first time since 2013, but knows it will be an uphill battle every game. They are, however, extremely excited to be in the position they are in, especially performing in front of their home crowd. Hope to see all of you in the stands of the Woodward Sportsplex this weekend!