Whalers post three wins

Team going from strength to strength as season continues.

Whalers’ guard Dustin Rodriguez

Whalers’ guard Dustin Rodriguez

Ballenas Secondary School’s Senior Boys basketball team is starting to gel, and the team heads into Christmas break feeling good about their game after going 3-0 on home court last weekend.

According to first year head coach Taylor Wilson, the Whalers rolled to three wins at a home play day.

The locals beat the Golden Eagles from Woodlands (Nanaimo) and the Alberni and District Armada on Friday, then closed it out with a victory over Pacific Christian out of Victoria on Saturday.

Dustin Rodriguez averaged 23 points per game “and he also led the charge in getting our team to utilize our great athleticism to run the ball and get easy buckets.”

Liam O’Brien and Lukas Whibley, Wilson added, “were tough on the glass, grabbing every rebound in sight, and Matt Vandervelde and Sean Rae locked down defensively and filled the lanes with Rodriguez for easy scores.

“Overall I was very pleased with the boys effort on both sides of the court,” said Taylor, adding, “we are starting to look more like a basketball team rather than a group of football and volleyball athletes.”

It was, he pointed out, “a good confidence boost going into the Christmas break,” adding the squad will have to hit the ground running after, with all league games and three more tournaments on tap January and February.


IN OTHER NEWS Wilson also got his fix of playing on the weekend as well as he helped lead his team Glory Daze, the oldest team in the tournament, to a first place finish at the annual KSS Alumni Tournament on the weekend.

“I am happy to report even after three days yesterday I can still walk.”