After a rocky start Friday against Carihi, the Isfeld Ice senior boys basketball team finished third at the AAA North Island Championships last weekend in Port Alberni. By so doing, the team qualifies for the Island championships, which begin Thursday at Carihi in Campbell River.
In Friday’s game, coach Tom Elwood said Isfeld was not ready to compete at the required level and was beaten by Carihi 66-42. Going 4/16 from the foul line and turning over the ball 21 times led to the team’s demise.
With the season hanging in the balance, Isfeld played Alberni Saturday in a loser-goes-home game. Up 12-11 in the first quarter, the Ice went on a 9-2 run to end the quarter up 21-13. In the second quarter, Isfeld held the Armada to seven points, going up by 17 at the half. In the third quarter, a 25-2 run put the game on Ice as Isfeld won 84-44. Thomas Green had 10, Riley Fussel added 11 and Thaskani Mtawali had 15 as 12 Ice hit the scoresheet.
In the 3/4 game, Isfeld faced Wellington and put on an offensive clinic in how to share the ball and make the extra pass. The Ice never trailed in the game that was never closer than five points. Isfeld hit 14 threes for the game, scoring 56 points in the first half and cruising to a 100-57 win. Mtawali had 25, while not playing in the fourth quarter. Green added 13, Alessandro Bovio had 12, and Trent Johnson and Dawson Fox each scored 11 points.