Cariboo-North East zone gets best BC Games basketball ranking in 16 years
Whether it be medals, zone milestone, or team learning, Vanderhoof’s representation at the BC Summer Games brought home notable achievements this summer.
Nearly 3,000 coaches and athletes across the province competed in 18 sports and trained in development clinics at the 30th BC Summer Games in Abbotsford from July 21 to 24.
It’s 47-43 for Cariboo-North East. The buzzer sounded, a Fraser River player threw a three-pointer that hit the roof, and it went into the basket.
Cariboo won; the last shot was disallowed, as the player was disqualified by committing over five fouls earlier in the game.
Comprised of eight Prince George boys and two from Vanderhoof — Luke Fehr and Regan Unger — the Cariboo-North East zone’s basketball team grabbed fifth place at the Games by defeating Fraser River zone, achieving the highest ranking for the zone in over 16 years.
The last game of the event was not the only close flights for the Cariboo-North East zone team.
“They played so hard,” said Prince George-based coach Aaron Brouwer. “No matter what the score was, they battled and never gave up.”
The team lost its first game 51-53 against Fraser Valley zone, losing by 15 points in the third quarter but missing a shot in the last three seconds. In the second game, the team lost 53-55 against Thompson-Okanagan zone, who was ranked first in the event; Cariboo was losing by 11 in the fourth quarter.
The Cariboo-North East boys then won their first game against Vancouver-Coastal zone by 48-41, leading them to the fifth or sixth place fight.
“If our team had been 12 points higher in our points spread form our games, we would have had a chance at the medals,” said Dana Fehr, an accompanying parent at the Games.