The Senior Golds boys basketball team put up a strong showing in Vernon over the weekend with two wins against teams out of Langley, and a 61-52 loss to Kalamalka Secondary.
In the latter game, on Friday, Jordan Goertzen and Ryan Willett combined to grab 21 rebounds in a tough loss. Coach Rhys Waters said the team fought hard, but their execution was not done well enough to win. Eric Borthistle was game star.
Waters says Saturday’s 70-37 win versus Langley’s DW Poppy marked one of the Golds’ better games this year. A highlight was when Paul Beevor-Potts, Lee Williams and Dan Schager shut down a star DW Poppy point guard.
Scoring was led by Josh Szoke (21 points, nine rebounds), but every player registered a hoop. Lee Williams was game star.
Another season highlight for the Golds was their 66-56 win on Saturday versus Langley Christian.
While everyone scored, Dan Schager finished up a strong weekend scoring 27 points along with 12 rebounds and six steals, winning the game star.
Overall, Waters is pleased with the Golds’ weekend performance. He says the team is finally at a point where they are playing with confidence, and executing responsibilities offensively and defensively well.
“We rely on every single guy to win, and against DW Poppy and Langley Christian, we had every player positively contributing to the win,” says Waters. “We ended up finishing fourth out of eight teams.”
Waters says the boys are now looking to carry this momentum into league play, looking for their first league win in a very competitive schedule. Justin Puetz is hoping to come back from a broken wrist. League games continue Thursday in NorKam and Saturday in Penticton.
The Senior Jewels take on all these teams as well.
The Junior Golds were down 11-9 after the first quarter in league action at Seaton school in Vernon, but they regrouped and stormed back, winning 63-20.
All 12 players hit the score sheet, led by Jared Sharp, Jordan Isaac and Aaron Hicks.
Salmon Arm hosted their annual tournament on the weekend, and faced Westsyde in their opening game.
The Golds took control early and cruised to a 46-22 victory.
Lenny DePatie netted 17 points and Brayden Koprowsky added seven.
DePatie continued to score well, hitting for 16, as the Golds defeated Armstrong 45-20 in game two of the tourney.
Jordan Hislop and Sharp contributed seven points each.
Okanagan Mission proved to be too much for Salmon Arm in the final, getting by the Golds 40-26. Perry Qiodravo was a rebounding machine, and Steven Kooistra played an outstanding game at both ends of the court, and finished with eight points.
Next up for SAS is the Zone Tournament on Feb. 14, 15 and 16, possibly in Salmon Arm.