Jr. Boys zone championship this weekend

The Caledonia Kermode Junior boys hosted a playday Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Caledonia Gym...

Junior Boys action

The Caledonia Kermode Junior boys hosted a playday Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Caledonia Gym, bringing together the potential top three seeds in the northwest zone prior to the Jr. Boys Zone Championship tournament in Smithers, held this weekend Feb. 15 and 16.

The Junior Kermodes defeated Mt. Elizabeth Junior Eagles in the first game of the morning by a 12-point spread. Charles Hays, the favorites, defeated Smithers by a large margin before losing a close game to Port Simpson (another top three seed).

And the final game of the day saw the Kermodes win 53-52 over the Port Simpson Squad. All in all, it could be a very interesting zone championship this weekend.

Senior Boys action

And the senior Kermodes were at the College Heights Invitational that same weekend, kicking off the tournament with a convincing win over Cedars Christian 93-23. Kermodes were led by Reegin Maki with 25 points, Levi Crist with 15, Mat Brown with 14 and Kynan Finnie and Keel Haldane with 10 each. Levi Crist was named player of the game.

In game two the Kermodes defeated the host team College Heights by an 80 – 53 score. Cal was led by player of the game Marcus MacKay with 25 points, Patrick Kurek and Brennan Jay both with 12, and Kynan Finnie and Reegin Maki with 10 each.

In the final game of the tournament, the Kermodes did not show up to play as a team and had no answer for the post players from North Peace, losing 82-68.

Four starters were in foul trouble from early on in the game which led to some matchup problems for the Kermodes. But in the end, the boys were not sharp, did not play as a team, and were out hustled by their opponents. Kermodes were led in scoring by Marcus MacKay with 26 and Reegin Maki with 17 points.

And last weekend, Kermodes hosted the Rainmakers on Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Caledonia Gym.

In game one the Kermodes came out firing and it continued through the game, ending in one of the most lopsided victories for the Kermodes against their historical rivals. Kermodes were up 29 – 6 after the first before taking a 57 – 20 lead into the half.

The trouncing continued in the second half as the Kermodes outscored their opposition 46 – 28 in the second half to complete the win with a final score of 103 – 48. It was definitely a lack lustre performance by the usually feisty and talented Rainmakers. Kermodes were led in scoring by Marcus MacKay with 28 points, Patrick Kurek 21, Reegin Maki 17 and Kynan FInnie with 10.

In game two on Saturday afternoon the Kermodes once again put together a steady defensive performance to defeat the Rainmakers for the sixth time this season. Kermodes led 47 – 22 at the half and carried on to win 83 – 50. Kermodes were led in scoring by Marcus MacKay with 22, Reegin Maki 19, Patrick Kurek 14 and Kynan Finnie with 13. Brennan Jay put in a solid defensive effort in holding Rainmaker stand out point guard, Chris Mair, to 7 points.

Kermodes next action is a rematch with the Rainmakers in Prince Rupert this weekend, Feb. 15 and 16. Next home action will be the AAA Northwest Zone Championships when they host the Queen Charlotte Saints on March 1 and 2 in a best two of three final tournament to see who will represent the zone at the AAA Provincial Championships in Langley March 12 – 16.



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