Isfeld Ice senior boys get new hoops season off to strong start

Courtenay cagers host own tournament this weekend with games Friday and Saturday

The Isfeld Ice senior boys basketball team opened their 2015-16 season with a successful weekend in Victoria at the Parkland/Mount Douglas Tip Off Tournament.

The Ice went undefeated at the six-team event to share top spot with Mount Douglas: both teams finished 3-0.

Isfeld faced #2 ranked Lambrick Park Lions in the first game and after being down 10 at the half 44-34 outscored Lambrick by 15 in the second half to win 71-66.

Noah Kaefer led the Ice with 39 and Jordan Messana added 10. The Ice were able to come back by outscoring the Lions 18-11 down the stretch.

On Saturday they faced an athletic Edward Milne team and immediately went down 4-0. After that the Ice outscored Milne 45-12 for the rest of the half on their way to a 70-21 victory. Kaefer had 16, Jeppe Madsen added 12 and Hank Magdanz, Marquis Ng and Anthony Brown each added eight.

In the late game Saturday the Ice took on co-host Parkland. Fatigue played a part as the Ice struggled to score early on quality opportunities.

Defence proved to be the difference as the Ice led 22-4 after one quarter, 34-15 at half, 46-21 at the end of three and the final was 69-38. Kaefer again led the Ice scoring with 29 and Magdanz added 14. “It was, however, a tremendous defensive effort that allowed the Ice to prevail,” noted coach Tom Elwood.

This week Isfeld hosts its own tournament with #3 ranked Brentwood and #6 ranked Shawnigan as the two feature teams. Play goes from 11:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.

 

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