Jeff Powell (#14) of Vanier’s senior boys basketball team had strong games in recent wins over Highland and Cowichan. File photo

Comox Valley basketball team wins, despite depleted bench

The Vanier Towhees senior boys basketball team won two games last week.

Injuries and a flu bug depleted the bench for Thursday’s league match against Cowichan in Duncan. But the boys came through with flying colours, along with junior Sam Birnie brought up for the game. Excellent defence and rebounding kept the Towhees with a lead the entire game. Coach Larry Street said great efforts were shown by Jeremy Knopp, Jeff Powell and Logan Bell. Peter Greaves scored 42 points and grabbed 21 rebounds. Powell added six points and 10 rebounds while Macyn Leopkey-Johnson pitched in six assists and five steals, being the leader we needed him to be. Final score was 71-67 Vanier.

On Friday, the quad-A Towhees played the AA Highland in Comox. The game featured many players who have known each other for up to 10 years through Thunderball, and Run and Gun.

Though the game had no league meaning, it was a pride game for everyone. Still, Vanier’s bench had to come through since starters were missing with the flu and injuries. And so they did, playing excellent team defence, and outrebounding Highland 47 to 32.

Greaves was a force on the boards with 19, and adding 16 points. Logan Bell had eight boards and four assists. Another good game from Powell with eight rebounds, three steals and eight points. Final score: 51-48 Vanier.

The Towhees next play a big league game against quad-A rival NDSS of Nanaimo, 7 p.m. at Vanier.

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