T-Birds make a case for order on the court

Nifty behind-the-back pass is made by the Cowichan Thunderbirds’ Braydon Aumen past Braden Belleville of Carson Graham.  - Andrew Leong
Nifty behind-the-back pass is made by the Cowichan Thunderbirds’ Braydon Aumen past Braden Belleville of Carson Graham.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Cowichan Thunderbirds started the high school boys’ exhibition basketball campaign with a split in a pair of fast-paced home contests.

Wellington Wildcats, Thursday’s visitors, eked out a 54-49 victory over the hometown T-Birds. But they bounced back to defeat Carson Graham of North Vancouver Friday 66-51.

“Thursday, we had a good start, but not a good finish,’’ said T-Birds’ Jerod Dorby.

“Against Carson Graham, we actually played amazing that game. We had the hometown crowd, too.’’

The atmosphere was electric with a big lunchtime contingent of students.

“Right now, I’m pretty happy with the team,’’ said Dorby. “It’s looking way better than I thought it was.’’

The T-Birds led Wellington 7-6 after a low-scoring first quarter but opened it up in the second to take a 27-18 lead at halftime.

But they sputtered in the third quarter, scoring just six points, as Wellington went back in front 37-33 and finished the job with a 17-16 scoring edge in the fourth.

Andrew Larson led the T-Birds with 16 points and six rebounds while Dorby managed 13 points and five rebounds and Cyrus Gray contributed six points and three rebounds.

Cowichan built a 20-12 lead on Carson Graham after the first quarter and held a 32-25 advantage at the half.

The sizable margin stayed intact the rest of the way, with Cowichan leading 49-40 after three quarters and outscoring Carson Graham 17-11 in the fourth.

Dorby led the scoring with 21 points and 16 rebounds while Gray collected 16 points and three rebounds and Larson had 14 points to go with five rebounds.

The Thunderbirds are in the North Shore Invitational Thursday through Saturday.


Cowichan juniors in the zone


The Cowichan junior T-Birds started strong, with convincing wins in two exhibition games.

The T-Birds mauled Lambrick Park 70-44 behind 24 points from Josh Charles. Tyler Hudson (12), Jordy Frost (10) and Travis McDonald (10) also hit for double digits.

Cowichan also pasted Vanier 64-24 with another well-rounded effort. Frost scored 15 points, Hudson had 12 and Charles added 10.

The Cowichan juniors are ranked No. 5 in pre-season provincial rankings. Former T-Bird Lucky Walia, back in the district teaching at Mount Prevost after being at Claremont since 2003, and Graham Scargall are coaching the team.

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