Thunderball Basketball wrapped up Sunday, June 1 with a full slate of games.
The Grade 4-5 Boys/Girls League played at Lake Trail, and head coach Blake Tobacca was extremely pleased with the improvements and efforts the players made over seven weeks. A good time was had by all, and all the participants were very appreciative of their coaches.
The coaches sure made a big difference: Blake Tobacca, Ken McRae, Colin Tinga, Coen Loepkey, Colton Derycke, Jordan Bell, Stephanie Johnson, Susie Hang, Hope Lewis, Darren Smith, Jordan Bell and Chloe Speed.
The Grade 6-7 girls played at G.P. Vanier and the players displayed a huge improvement over the seven weeks of play and practice. Everyone has really started to understand the fundamentals of this game.
The passing and cutting to the hoop was awesome and the girls played great team basketball. Everyone worked really hard and played tough defence. From all the coaches – “Great job, girls!” Thanks to coaches: Jakob Jungwirth, Faeryn Curtin, Jessica Pitre, Aleasha Wiebe, Ty Edwards, Michaela Ashlee, and John Lapp.
The Grade 6-7 boys also played at Vanier.
Bulls vs. Pacers
Coach Pitre was impressed with the Bulls today. The shots and the passing were good and this kept the game tight. Nolan Piket was a flash today and Ian Rutledge was a terror on the rebounding.
For the Pacers – first win of the short season! The boys were elated, as was coach Jake Fernandes. He described the game as fast paced, and the score was a seesaw battle throughout the game. This feisty game ended up a draw, and had to go into overtime. Pacers go ahead. Then the Bulls were fouled with a chance to tie again, but the free throw was missed and, hooray Pacers.
Nets. vs. Thunder
Coach Tracy Tran lost her voice cheering on her Thunder team, but alas the Nets won 50-38. The Thunder, led by Braden Perfitt, played one of their best games, but the Nets were just too much.
Ryan Moonen was the Nets’ catalyst and played very aggressive defence. He also had his way using his size inside. Coach Jordan Balon says it was a huge pleasure coaching these fellows this season. He hopes they play again next year.
Skywalkers vs. Spurs
Players of the game for the Spurs was Cedric Rochsteiner and Eric Jung, who helped influence their teammates to play tough defence and run hard. For the Skywalkers, Jeremy Knopp was a terror on defence, and ran the fast break very well. He was helped by Hayden Fieret on a grand scale with lots of great passes. The Skywalkers went through the whole season undefeated – great job, boys!
Sonics vs. Suns
This was a close one, won 43-39 by the Sonics. A fun game to watch, and the Player of the Game was sharpshooter Cedar Lloyd. This was a back and forth battle all game that highlighted fast breaks, many steals, and some awesome plays. Coach Bryce Olsen says he had so much fun with all the amazing boys on his team, and can’t wait to see them in the near future. Maybe they can become “pro-ballers”!
The participants of Thunderball Boys League wish to thank their coaches: Bryce Olsen, Joss Biggins, Jordan Balon, Brandon Balon, Danny Yeo, Jake Fernandes, Foster Dewitt, Tracy Tran, Danelle Campbell, Dawson German, Maddie Naswell, Tyler Knopp, Chase Hobenshield, and Tony Edwards, and all the others who chipped in a little to help with their improvement.
– Thunderball Basketball