Junior Boys Basketball Season in Review
By Randy Ollech
Once again it was an extremely successful season for the Junior Boys Basketball Team!
The very first weekend of games at the Oak Bay High tournament saw the boys confidently play their way through the field to get into the final versus the very skilled St. George's School from Vancouver.
After being down by 15 we roared back in the fourth quarter to take the game into overtime. Sadly, we suffered our first defeat of the season by a single point.
Our next challenge came at our very own GNS Icebreaker Tournament, which had us play local teams and teams from up island. We played some fantastic basketball that once again led us to the championship match versus the Gulf Island's high school.
This was a physical contest ending with us as victors of our own tournament. When league play started, we were not sure what to expect. We worked our way through league play and found ourselves coming first overall without suffering a loss.
After league play ended, we ventured to Vancouver to participate in the ISAA tournament at St. John's School. By winning our first two games we again found ourselves in the championship game, this time playing a highly-skilled team from West Point Grey Academy.
It was a close game, with us coming back from a 16-point deficit to tie the game with one minute remaining. Unfortunately, we finished the game with a loss of a mere 3 points - our second loss of the season.
Finally, league playoffs began and as usual we were successful, winning both the quarter and semi-final games in order to once again reach the city championship game versus a Triple A secondary school: Vic High.
Since both teams were undefeated in league play, this was going to be a battle of the titans. As predicted, the teams were tied with just over a minute remaining. Much to the disappointment of the team and all our fans at the game, the boys fell just short of being crowned city champions.
Overall, Jordan Mannix (assistant coach and GNS Alum) and I were extremely proud of the boys and how well they performed and represented GNS throughout the season. Achieving 18 wins and only 3 losses is an admirable feat - well done, boys!
Team Members: Nathan Jackson, Ian Ferguson, Leo Huang, Connor Elliott, Dylan Hemphill-Theriault, Daimeohn Chapman, Finnbar Sweeney, Sahil Baidwan, Corin Wallace, Matt Dang, Harrison Starke, Ju-hyeog Choi, Gabriel Zack