Senior Boys Basketball
With only two returning players from last year’s BC Provincial Champions, the 2018-91 team had modest expectations, especially due to the fact that the team was very young, being composed of mostly Grade 11s. Despite these obstacles, the team had an impressive start, knocking off one of the top BC teams, Collingwood. Although we found success early, the first part of the season was far from smooth sailing. Part of this was our inexperience playing cohesively, as well as missing key players until mid January. Another challenge was physical size, requiring us to adjust to playing a different style of game, known as “small ball”.
We took tough losses to the top “A” team, Glenlyon Norfolk School, as well as the King George Dragons. Once we learned how to use size, or perhaps lack of size, to our advantage, the team clicked, and demonstrated we were ready to compete with top teams in BC. We played exceptional team ball in our Showcase game against Shawnigan, sparking an incredible run. Our newfound cohesiveness allowed us to go on to win the South Island, miraculously beating powerhouse Lambrick Park and then upsetting a strong St Michael’s squad.
After unexpectedly winning the South Islands, we weren’t ready to end the season. After winning the first game at Islands, we were up against the strong guard play of Lambrick once again. We played a great game and pulled away with an important win, landing us a spot in the finals with a rematch against SMUS. It was a tough defensive battle but we came away with a narrow win to capture the Islands. Having qualified for the BCs, the boys went over to the mainland, demonstrating outstanding play at both ends of the court, and came away with a solid twelfth place finish.
I am so proud of the boys and what we were able to accomplish this season, and I am so lucky to have played alongside such an amazing group of athletes. These guys will always be family. I would also like to give a special thanks to Mr. Gage and Mr. Sullivan: without them we wouldn't have accomplished what we did.
Ian G, Rogers ‘19