Ice heating up as playoffs approach

Isfeld senior boys basketball off to North Island tourney this weekend

The Isfeld Ice senior boys basketball team has been heating up for playoffs by posting a sizzling 6-2 record over the past two weeks.

Coach Tom Elwood has the boys playing well heading into this weekend’s North Island playoffs at Wellington in Nanaimo.

This is the tallest team the Ice has ever fielded. They rebound well and play hard-nose defence – they have held their last eight opponents to an average 45 points against.

Elwood can also go 10 or 11 men deep into his lineup, which says a lot for the hard work the team has put into this season.

This past weekend the Ice finished third at the 14-team Cedar-Woodlands tournament in Nanaimo. In their first game the boys showed off perhaps the best aspect of their game – stifling defence – as they held Nanaimo District Secondary to only three field goals in a 50-24 win.

Cole Hutchings led the way with 15 points and Richard Girard finished with 11.

Next the Ice faced host Woodlands in front of a boisterous, packed gym. Isfeld finished the game on a 10-0 run and won going away 54-48. Ben Miller and Matt Bowen led the scoring with 13 points each.

In the semifinals they battled #7 provincially ranked Wellington of Nanaimo. The Wildcats took an early lead and were up 36-21 at the break. Isfeld battled hard in the second half but could not make up the halftime deficit, falling 63-51.

Point guard Miller had another great game, leading the team with 21 points. Starting post player Joel Regher had nine points and an incredible eight blocked shots (a possible school record).

The fourth game of the tourney was for third place against Ballenas from Parksville. After a somewhat slow start the Ice put together a great third quarter, outscoring the Whalers 20-6 and winning 62-42. Miller again led the way with 14 points while Regher had 10 and Bowen added eight.

On Feb. 1-2 the Ice went 2-1 at Brentwood College’s annual tournament. They met B.C. #1 AA Holy Cross from Surrey in their opener and played one of their strongest games of the season.

“A couple of breaks or bounces down the stretch could have pulled off the huge upset,” a team spokesperson said. However, Holy Cross prevailed 48-44.

The Ice bounced back to defeat Mt. Doug of Victoria 62-52 and then beat Southridge. Miller was a tournament all-star.

FREE THROWS The Isfeld senior girls are hosting the North Islands this weekend …

– Isfeld Ice Basketball





Just Posted

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Miniature horses visit Glacier View residents

Glacier View Lodge residents had a couple of special visitors on Wednesday… Continue reading

Annual women’s march in Courtenay Saturday

The Women’s March was a worldwide protest on Jan. 21, 2017, to… Continue reading

Portables arrive for students on Hornby Island

Five portable classrooms have officially arrived on Hornby Island this week in… Continue reading

Cumberland multi-use development given the go-ahead despite parking concerns

Rideout Construction will pay $91,200 in lieu of 24 parking stalls

Trudeau says politicians shouldn’t prey on Canadians’ fears

The Prime Minister was speaking at a townhall in Ontario

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Thieves steal thousands from 140 Coast Capital Savings members

Online fraud tactics included phising and ‘brute force’ in November and December

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

New space, new ideas, new location served up at Pizzeria Guerrilla

When Jason Uglanica got the keys to what was soon going to… Continue reading

Most Read