The Vanier Towhees went 1-2 this past weekend at the 12-team Chilliwack Storm Classic senior boys basketball tournament.
“Many good teams were there, and all the games were close ones. A very competitive early season tournament,” said Towhees coach Larry Street.
The first game was against Vancouver dark horse Point Grey, who have many players back from last year’s team that was in the final at the Towhee Tournament. The Towhees started the game very hot and were up 18-11 at one point, and ended the quarter 22-14.
“Then Point Grey’s top scorer Andrew – possibly the best shooting Grade 12 in Vancouver City – got going,” said Street. He hit five straight baskets, three of which were threes, and Point Grey grabbed a 33-32 half-time lead.
Street said the third quarter was mostly Point Grey playing very well and Vanier not finishing easy shots. In the fourth quarter, the game went back and forth, with Point Grey prevailing 69-65 in the end.
“A fun game to watch,” Street said. Mark McGinnis led all Vanier scorers with 26 points on seven three-pointers. “He played a solid game,” Street said. Dillon Robson (on a sore ankle) added 16 and Scott Stevens had 15 points. Cam Hughes contributed nine points and five rebounds. Robson also grabbed nine rebounds to lead in that category. The Towhees outrebounded Point Grey 31-25.
Game two was against always-tough Pentiction, who boasted a big front line of beefy players (6’6″, 6’5″ and 6’5″). “This was a low-scoring affair where both teams shot very poorly, although you might say that both teams played aggressive defensively,” said Street. The final score was 54-49 for Pentiction. “We just couldn’t hit the open shots, and had a poor time at the free-throw line,” Street noted.
Game three on Saturday was against Mountain from Langely. “They were a fiesty, small team that wouldn’t go away, and had us down by five at half time,” Street said.
“After regrouping, and discussing how we can put that round ball into the basket, we took a big lead, led by Cam Hughes hitting six for six from the wing, and Mark McGinnis doing the same on the other side of the court.
“Scott Stevens started attacking the basket, as did Jaron Piercy. Kris Ding came off the bench and was a sparkplug on the offence, while Dillon Robson pulled down eight important rebounds. A good win to end the weekend where the Towhees prevailed 64-55,” Street said.
Next up for Vanier is the New West Tournament, Dec. 14-16.
– Vanier Towhees basketball