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Barsby defeats DCS in overtime
The championship game of the Duncan Christian School senior boys’ invitational basketball tournament went into overtime and the host Chargers came up just short.
John Barsby of Nanaimo took first place by virtue of its 80-75 win over the Chargers in the thrilling contest. North Rainey was player of the game for Barsby and Jesse Van Wingerden for DCS.
It was only the second game of the tournament for DCS after one team dropped out and reduced the field to seven.
DCS awaited the winner of a preliminary game between Cedar Secondary and Campbell River Christian. Cedar proved to have a high-powered offense in that game with a 106-45 victory but DCS put up some big numbers of its own to beat Cedar 92-80.
“Our first game against Cedar was a good and bad game,’’ noted Chargers’ coach Jim Brandsma.
On the positive side, the team had its fewest number of turnovers to date and coach Brandsma’s son Mike lit up the scoresheet with 78% shooting and 14 points despite being one of the youngest players.
“The team played well together but our defence was not at its top of the game,’’ Jim Brandsma pointed out.
Mike Brandsma earned player of the game honours.
The Chargers came out flat against Barsby and were down by 14 points to the scrappy team.
“The first half was nothing too great,’’ Brandsma indicated. “We managed to claw back in the second half to force overtime.’’
But Barsby’s three-point shooting proved to be too much to overcome.
“That was one of the best games for coming out of halftime resolved to make a difference and working hard to make it happen,’’ Brandsma noted.
Ucluelet Secondary finished third after beating Cedar 81-67 Saturday afternoon.
Mulgrave was fifth, Richmond Christian sixth and Campbell River Christian seventh.
Chris Degoutiere of Barsby was the tournament MVP. All-stars included: Duncan Christian’s Doug Groenendijk and Nick Kapteyn; Barsby’s North Rainey; Ucluelet’s Mitch Saunderson and Riley Botting; and Ben Cawthorne from Cedar.
The DCS boys then took on Ballenas on their home court Monday and won 67-45.
Groenendijk and Kapteyn led the offense with 17 points apiece. Alan Park and Van Wingerden also had big games with 14 each.
DCS had a big third quarter with 22 points and pulled away into a 67-42 lead.
The North Island championships are being held at DCS Friday and Saturday. DCS, Dwight, Campbell River, Ucluelet and Chemainus are taking part.