Comox Valley basketball players shine at Classic

This past weekend the Vancouver Island Seniors Classic All-Star Games were hosted in Victoria. The all-stars were voted on by all of the Island  basketball coaches.

Highland Raiders’ Nick Tancon and Sam Lewis were selected to the A and B games, respectively. The best of the North played the best of the South and in all cases – the boys’ B game,  boys’ A game, and the girls’ game – the North prevailed.

The Classic has been running since 1988 and is a great way for Island standouts to have one last high school game playing with the best on the island. Lewis was selected as the B game’s Most Valuable Player.

Lewis and Tancon had just returned from a very successful Provincial AA tournament in Langley.  The Raiders finished ninth at the 16-team affair, winning three of four games – one in single overtime and one in double overtime.

The first game was their only loss of the tournament, however it put  them on the wrong side of the draw.  Tancon, Lewis and Chris Dodd played every minute of every game and three OT, playing more minutes than any other players in the tournament.

The Raiders also had only seven players which was the fewest of any team in the tourney. Jared Collin and Conor Luty , both Grade 11, along with Aaron Simmonds and Spencer McDougall rounded out the team.

This was Highland’s first trip to provincials in 12 years. They went to Provincials with the seven, but Trenton Cameron in particular, as well as Liam Shaw, Quentin Bouchard and John Workoro each contributed to the team throughout the season.

The team would not have been able to go as far as they did this season without the time coach Murray Erickson put into the team. The team sends a great deal of thanks to coach Mur, who always coached and encouraged them in the most positive way.  Thanks also to coaches Adam and Bruce who put in many hours to support this group of guys.

FREE THROWS Also representing the Comox Valley at the Classic were coach Jouska Lockquelle (Isfeld); boys' A players Joss Biggins (Vanier), Cole Hutchings (isfeld) and Morgan Proctor (Isfeld); boys' B players Jordan Balon (Vanier), Richard Girard (Isfeld) and Jakob Jungwirth (Vanier); and girls' players (Danielle Vanbergen (Isfeld), Michaela Ashlee (Isfeld) and Malia Irvine (Isfeld) …

– Highland Raiders


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