The Edward Milne Community School enior boys basketball team finished up its regular season last Friday, and is competing tomorrow night against Stelly’s Secondary School for a spot in the Island championships.
Coach Alex Wright said the season ended well with a record of 4-6.
Wolverines ended up tied with two other teams, and had to do a coin toss for their standing in the City Championships. They ended up losing the coin toss and came in fifth.
EMCS played its first game of the city playoffs on Monday against Victoria High and lost 74-59.
Wright said the boys started the game off rough, likely due to nervousness, but led the game in the last three quarters.
“We were just down by too many points after the first quarter to catch up,” he said. “Our guys sometimes just get a little nervous to begin, but once they settle down they are well on their way. We need to have better starts, so that’s kind of what we’re looking for moving forward.”
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The squad now has to beat Stelly’s Secondary tomorrow, or its season will be over. Should the Wolverines win, they advance to Island championships.
“We have played Stelly’s three times throughout the season and have beat them twice, so I feel confident,” said Wright. “We played them recently and we know what to expect from them, so I think we’re in a good position.”
Wright expects Grade 12 guards Robbie Lowerison and Ryan Fehr will lead the team in Thursday’s game.
Fehr was recently selected to play in an all-star game on April 7, where college coaches will come and scout the players.
“They have come a long way over the past two years, but have really been turning it up lately,” said Wright. “But every player has been stepping up in their own little way, and it’s been cool to watch their development as the season goes on.”
Because this could be their last game, Wright said he is going to make sure all the players see the court.
“My goal is to make sure every player feels like they had an impact on the game,” said Wright. “It’s important to get everyone involved, and hopefully we will come out with a win.”
The game takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Secondary School in Saanich.