Kwalikum Secondary’s Anthony Crowther, right, drives to the basket in last season’s AA senior boys basketball game against Ladysmith at KSS. — NEWS file photo

Kwalikum Secondary’s Anthony Crowther, right, drives to the basket in last season’s AA senior boys basketball game against Ladysmith at KSS. — NEWS file photo

Returnees key Kwalikum hoop win over Ladysmith

Seniors return from suspension to bolster thin bench

The Kwalikum Kondors got two senior players back from suspension and both played key roles as the Kondors edged the Ladysmith 49ers 58-51 in Tuesday night’s North Island AA boys basketball game at Kwalikum.

Head coach Taylor Wilson said that after meeting Ethan Christensen and Anthony Crowther individually with the school principal on Tuesday, they were happy with the concessions both players committed to and the pair were reinstated sooner due to lack of players Tuesday.

They had been suspended following their ejection from a game a week earlier against Nanaimo Christian School.

“Anthony and Ethan served their punishment and came in at the second quarter and really separated us (from Ladysmith) into the third,” said Wilson. “Then the bench gave up a bit of a run in the fourth but we held strong and preseved a good team win.”

Despite coming off the bench in the second quarter, Christensen led the Kondors with 22 points while Crowther had 18 points.

Nolan Lewis, who had eight points, had a strong first quarter while Christensen and Crowther were on the bench, said Wilson.

The game was close, with the Kondors leading 30-24 at the half. But in the third quarter, KSS went on the offensive and widened the gap to 51-34.

Ladysmith made a comeback in the fourth but the Kondors held on to win 58-51.

“I am happy to have the team back together and moving forward to competing for a spot at the Islands,” said Wilson.

The Kondors are now 2-1 in league play and will return to league play only in the New Year on Jan. 9, when they travel to Comox to take on Highland.

The Kondors will be playing in the annual Kwalikum alumni basketball tournament scheduled to take place on December 22-23.