Ballenas Whalers senior boys hoop squad trips Duncan Christian Chargers 93-53

Ballenas Whalers player Rave Panela sets the pace in transition. (Michael Briones photo)Ballenas Whalers player Rave Panela sets the pace in transition. (Michael Briones photo)
Ballenas Whalers guard Nate Caromay outsprints two Duncan Christian Chargers during a fastbreak situation. (Michael Briones photo)Ballenas Whalers guard Nate Caromay outsprints two Duncan Christian Chargers during a fastbreak situation. (Michael Briones photo)
Ballenas Whalers player Florian Winterfeld goes up for an easy layup against Duncan Christian. (Michael Briones photo)Ballenas Whalers player Florian Winterfeld goes up for an easy layup against Duncan Christian. (Michael Briones photo)
Ballenas Whalers player Jos Aliguyon pressures a Duncan Christian guard on defence. (Michael Briones photo)Ballenas Whalers player Jos Aliguyon pressures a Duncan Christian guard on defence. (Michael Briones photo)

The Ballenas Whalers senior boys basketball team had a ball playing first home game of the season.

In front of a delighted home fans on Tuesday, the Whalers’ high-energy game gave them a 93-53 win over the Duncan Christian Chargers in a North Island League game. It was the first league win for the Whalers, who in their first game narrowly lost to the Timbeline Wolves 78-76.

The Whalers, energized by the big crowd, quickly stamped their authority on the game with Carter Brett leading the charge ending up with game-high 25 points. Forward Bradyen Jupe added a dozon points while Dennis Sisonenko had 11.

Head coach Tim Baier said the Whalers are still developing but likes what he is seeing so far.

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“Last year we lost more than one game with scores like this,” said Baier. “It’s nice to have a home opener and show the home crowd that we can come out and we can compete with teams in our division this year. I am proud them. They did the things we wanted them to do. Hopefully, going forward, when we face some teams that might be a little bit more competition we can maintain some of that discipline.”

The Whalers used their quick transition game with their speedy guards breaking the opposition’s defence to set up their big man for some easy baskets.

The Whalers will compete next at the 67th Annual Totem Tournament hosted by the Alberni District Secondary School Jan. 5 to Jan. 7.

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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