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High school hoops bouncing back
High school basketball teams had some bounce in their step as the schedule resumed for 2014.
There were a few all-Nanaimo matchups on Tuesday.
The night’s closest game was a senior AA boys’ matchup in Harewood, where the John Barsby Blazers edged the Woodlands Eagles 64-62. The visitors nearly came back from a 14-point deficit late but the home team held on. Chris DeGoutiere led Barsby with 28 points and Zack Williams was Woodlands' high scorer.
The Nanaimo District Islanders got the better of the Barsby Blazers, winning 70-22 in senior AA girls’ action at the NDSS gym. Amelia Kazanowski scored a game-high 20 points to lead ND and her teammate Tkia King added 16. Carlie Malinski was Barsby’s top scorer with 11 points.
Over at Cedar Secondary School, the Wellington Wildcats senior AA girls had a challenging game but emerged with a 71-56 win.
The NDSS Islanders senior AAA boys tipped off league play with a grinding 41-25 road win versus the Ballenas Whalers.
The city gets an extra helping of high school basketball this week as Wellington Secondary School hosts its annual Superball tournament.
Aside from the host teams, Dover Bay Secondary School is entering a boys’ and girls’ team in the tournament and the NDSS Islanders boys are also playing.
Wellington’s girls tip things off today (Jan. 9) with a game against Brentwood at noon. Welly’s boys play Carihi at 1:30 p.m. and then the Dover Bay girls face Ballenas at 3 p.m. Dover’s boys play D.W. Poppy at 6 p.m.
In boys’ action Friday, Wellington plays NDSS at 9:50 a.m., ND takes on Carihi at 3:50 p.m. and Dover plays Gulf Islands at 6:50 p.m. The girls’ schedule is dependent on Thursday’s results.
The Superball finals go Saturday with the boys’ first-place game at 4 p.m. followed by the girls at 5:30 p.m.