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King-Nyberg, Bazinet and King key leaders
The first games of the new year pitted Duncan Christian School senior basketball teams against tough competition.
The DCS Chargers girls had an exhibition game first at DCS and played well despite a 52-46 loss to Woodlands.
Juliet King was the leading scorer with 16 points and 15 rebounds while Becky Bazinet played an impressive game that caught the attention of Woodlands coach Carl MacDonald with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Lauren King-Nyberg added eight points while Danielle Groenendijk had six points and 15 rebounds and Mikayla Lewis chipped in with a dozen rebounds.
The girls then went into the provincial cross-zone tournament at Mulgrave Secondary in North Vancouver.
“The girls faced some stiff, physical competition and this was an eye-opener for them,’’ noted DCS coach Michelle Nederlof. “After this, it was very much like they were able to put together what they’ve learned in practices and apply it to game situations.
“They not only grew in confidence themselves, but confidence in each other as teammates grew as well. We were very proud at how they improved. We’ve got a lot to work on, but will prove to be very competitive on the island. Our focus is to win island with an ultimate goal of provincials.’’
DCS had one hard loss to start the tournament, 51-14 against Langley Christian. King-Nyberg was player of the game.
A close loss followed, 53-42 against Heritage Christian Academy. Bazinet took player of the game honours with 18 points and King-Nyberg added 14. King scored seven points and hauled down 18 rebounds.
The Chargers finished on a high note, beating Agassiz 42-31, with King’s four points and 23 rebounds giving her player of the game honours. King-Nyberg scored 11 points with seven assists, Groenendijk collected 10 points and 24 rebounds and Bazinet contributed nine points.
Nederlof liked the leadership provided by her senior players. King-Nyberg received all-star recognition.
Bronze medal for DCS boys
The Chargers senior boys had their best finish ever in the B.C. Christian championships, winning the bronze medal at Pacific Academy in Surrey.
DCS clobbered High Road Academy in the first game 88-23, with Nick Kapteyn racking up an astonishing 35 points. Jesse Van Wingerden (16) and Michael Brandsma (10) also hit double digits.
DCS went on to win big again, 53-26 over Pacific Christian School, as Kapteyn led the charge again with 22 points. Douglas Groenendijk netted 17.
The team’s lone loss came in the semifinals to Unity, 57-49.
Kapteyn scored 15 points while Van Wingerden had 12, Groenendijk 10 and Alan Park eight.
The game was close all the way through, with Unity gaining a four-point edge in the first quarter, a margin of three points in the third and just a one-point differential in the fourth.
The third-place game went in favour of DCS, 79-50 over Langley, as Kapteyn lit up the scoreboard again for 31 points. Groenendijk notched 22 and Van Wingerden 18.
DCS romped to a 21-4 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
Kapteyn was named to the tournament all-star team.
The boys host Dwight Wednesday and Ucluelet Thursday at DCS.