Chargers barge their way to another bronze medal

Johnny Caron of Duncan Christian School catches Dwight Canada defender Kobe Liu going the wrong way. - Andrew Leong
Johnny Caron of Duncan Christian School catches Dwight Canada defender Kobe Liu going the wrong way.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

These are the busiest of times, but the best of times for the Duncan Christian School senior boys' basketball team.

The Chargers are on a roll, culminating in another tournament bronze medal after four straight days of basketball action.

"I'm really happy with how the guys are playing,'' noted head coach Jim Brandsma. "We are getting contributions from all the guys. The stats may not show it very well, but we really rely on all eight guys to contribute on and off the court to give us the confidence we need to play our team game.''

In the process, the Chargers have moved up to ninth from 10th on the provincial A boys' list. The girls are also in the mix as a provincial top 10 honourable mention.

The latest string of games began with a 95-18 romp over Dwight last Wednesday at DCS.

Nick Kapteyn and Doug Groenendijk put up big numbers with 28 and 26 points, respectively. There was balance from the rest of the lineup, with Adam Kapteyn chipping in nine points and Chaz Milne adding eight.

Kobe Liu had a strong game with 11 points for Dwight.

DCS also took on Ucluelet Thursday at home and posted an 88-59 win.

The big guns led the way again, with Nick Kapteyn scoring 26 points and Groenendijk adding 17. But it was a huge breakthrough game for Alan Park, who put 11 of his 13 points on the board in the fourth quarter.

"Defensively, we're pretty solid,'' said Kapteyn after the game. "Shooting is also pretty good for us.''

But he stressed the team needs everyone going to succeed.

"We're super happy with the way things are going as long as the guys keep their confidence up,'' said Brandsma.

Attention to detail and composure is making a difference.

"At the beginning of the year, I said nobody's going to say anything to a ref this year,'' said Brandsma. "That's my job. It's amazing what happens.''

There's also a realistic assessment from the Chargers that they can't get too far ahead of themselves.

"I tell these guys they can't look further than the next game,'' said Brandsma. "I want to keep the guys in the moment.

"I would love to do the same or one better in provincials this year. I think this team is capable of that.''

The Chargers finished fifth in the province last year.

They rounded out the hectic few days with a third-place finish at the Esquimalt Firefighters tournament after beating Esquimalt 55-47, losing to Alberni 72-59 and knocking off Parkland 71-45. Groenendijk, Kapteyn and Jesse Van Wingerden were the respective game MVPs.

Groenendijk and Nick Kapteyn were both tournament all-stars. Alberni placed first and Edward Milne second ahead of DCS.

Scoring in the Alberni game was led by Kapteyn's 18 points, with 14 from Van Wingerden and 13 from Groenendijk.

Groenendijk (23) and Kapteyn (21) topped the Chargers against Alberni. Another 24 from Kapteyn, 19 from Groenendijk and 13 from Van Wingerden topped the charts against Parkland.

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