Ballenas junior boys seventh at provincial event
Ballenas Secondary School’s junior boys basketball team opened their provincial championships by shocking the top-ranked team in the province, and went on to finish seventh out of 16 teams.
Not too shabby considering they were seeded 16th going into the year-end tournament.
In action on the courts of Saint Michael’s University School in Victoria March 3-5 for the 2011 BC Junior Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament, the Whalers came from behind to upset the No. 1 seeded Kelowna Owls 43-37 in game one.
According to Ballenas coach Steve Dorsay “most of the boys needed to be convinced that we had a chance (but) after scoring the first two baskets we believed.”
According to Dorsay the Whalers trailed 16-11 after the first quarter and 25-19 at the half then went on a 16-4 run to pull ahead 35-29 at the end of the third.
Sean Rae led BSS with 18 points and Liam O’Brien and Robert Tickell scored 10 each.
“During the game Dallas Towle got injured and Kendal Wuerch came in for the second half and made a large contribution on the boards and defence.
“As always Jordan Roy remained steady on defence putting pressure on the ball. Lukas Whibley and Brad Harvey out-rebounded a larger opponent and gave us the intensity that we needed.”
Back at it Friday for their quarterfinal game against the R.A. McMath Wildcats from Richmond, the Whalers lost, 71-50.
“The score does not do justice as to how the game went,” said Dorsay, adding the Whalers were within seven points.
“McMath hit 10 three point shots in this game and seemed to never miss. We fought and fought but when played zone they made threes and when we played man they picked and rolled and drew and dished. They were a good all-round team.”
O’Brien led the Whalers that game with 15 points, and Tickell hit four from outside the arc for 12.
Against the Blue Demons from Kitsilano in game three, the Mainlanders rolled to a 74-45 win.
The Whalers closed out their campaign on Saturday in the 7th/8th game against a scrappy squad of Penticton Lakers, winning 39-34.
“This game was nice to win proving that we can compete at this level,” said Dorsay.
High scorers for BSS in that one were Rae with 11 and Kendal Wuerch with 9.
Dorsay said he will be coaching the Grade 9 girls team next year, “so we are looking for coaches to take on our boys.”
Anyone interested in coaching Ballenas’ Grade 9 boys basketball team next year can e-mail Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.