Cowichan Junior T-Birds make their mark at Walnut Grove tournament

Humza Khan has been lighting up the Cowichan Junior T-Birds
Humza Khan has been lighting up the Cowichan Junior T-Birds' offense in early-season games.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Cowichan Junior Thunderbirds made it to the final of the Walnut Grove boys’  basketball tournament and fell just short of winning it.

Cowichan faced the host team in the final and dropped a tough 55-50 decision. Humza Khan led Cowichan with 22 points while Noah Charles scored 12 and Jamie Friesen played a gritty offensive game with nine points.

“The tournament was a great experience for us,’’ noted co-coach Lucky Walia. “We had an opportunity to play some strong teams, who tested us with varying styles of defence — full-court zone presses, full-court man presses, half-court zones, etcetera.’’

Earlier, Cowichan beat Heritage Woods 46-32, with Khan (14), Charles (13) and Connor Hayer (10) all hitting double digits.

Khan scored 26 in Cowichan’s 71-59 win over Lord Tweedsmuir.

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