Larson, Dorby big guns on the T-Birds’ attack

Jerod Dorby exploded for 72 points in two games Saturday. - Andrew Leong/file
Jerod Dorby exploded for 72 points in two games Saturday.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Cowichan Thunderbirds finished 2-2 in the North Shore Invitational tournament as they head into their own Welcome Back event this week.

The senior boys’ AAA high school basketball squad opened with a 52-42 loss to Centennial despite 17 points from Andrew Larson, who added a pair of rebounds.

Jerod Dorby managed nine points and pulled down 21 rebounds while Marcus Morano had a strong game, contributing a pair of three-pointers in key situations.

The T-Birds’ second game at the tournament resulted in a close 48-42 loss to Sentinel.

Larson burned up the scoresheet with 31 points and tacked on five rebounds, accounting for all but 11 of Cowichan’s overall total.

Dorby chipped in with five points, 14 rebounds and six blocks.

The T-Birds got into the win column Saturday by beating Seaquam 64-55 at Sentinel.

Dorby took charge with a whopping 37 points plus 24 rebounds. Braydon Aumen added 11 points and four assists.

Saturday’s second game brought another victory, 77-58 over H.J. Cambie, for the T-Birds.

Dorby’s 35 points and 20 rebounds set the pace. Larson poured in another 29, as the big two continued to carry the team’s offense.

The Welcome Back tournament tips off Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a game between Duncan Christian School and Ladysmith.

DCS won its first game of the season Saturday over Dwight 95-33, with 19 points and nine rebounds from Doug Groenendijk, 18 points and 13 rebounds by Nick Kapteyn and a triple-double of 16 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for Josh Klassen.

The team has everyone returning, other than Eric Seo, and added rookies Andrew Mitchell (Grade 12), Anthony Neufeld (Grade 12) and Chaz Milne (Grade 11).

Cowichan plays its first game at the Welcome Back Thursday at 1:15 p.m. against the DCS-Ladysmith winner.

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