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Woodlands wins second straight tourney

Woodlands Eagles senior AA boys basketball players celebrate by Tebowing after winning the Esquimalt Fire Invitational tournament Saturday in Victoria. It was the team’s second straight tournament win. - Photo submitted
Woodlands Eagles senior AA boys basketball players celebrate by Tebowing after winning the Esquimalt Fire Invitational tournament Saturday in Victoria. It was the team’s second straight tournament win.
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The Woodlands Eagles are soaring these days. Woodlands Secondary School’s senior AA boys’ basketball team won its second straight tournament this past weekend, taking first place at the Esquimalt Fire Invitational on Saturday down the Malahat.

Woodlands handled the Isfeld Ice in the final, 59-46. The Eagles started the tourney Friday with a 70-43 win over Reynolds, then advanced with an 88-65 victory over the Cedar Spartans on Saturday morning.

Bryson Cox was chosen tournament MVP for a second straight weekend, while his Eagles teammate Erik Van Waes was chosen a first-team all-star. Connor Robertson, Scott Jensen and Aaron Halsall received player of the game honours along the way.

Cedar ended up fourth at the tourney, losing to Ladysmith 59-50 in the third-place game. The Spartans won their Friday game 79-69 over the Alberni Armada.

Woodlands’ senior AA girls also had a strong result on the weekend, placing third at the Gulf Islands Tournament. The Eagles girls started Friday with a 46-43 loss to the host team, but responded later that day by doubling Carihi 52-26. Woodlands closed out the weekend with a 61-51 win over Isfeld.

The Dover Bay Dolphins senior AAA girls participated in the high-calibre Victoria City Police Basketball Tournament, where they came seventh. Dover’s only win was a big one, a 75-20 thrashing of Belmont on Saturday.

Also playing in a tough tournament were the Wellington Wildcats senior AA girls, who travelled to Vancouver to enter a tourney hosted by B.C.’s top-ranked AA team, Brittania. The ’Cats suffered a lopsided loss to Brittania Thursday but went on to place fourth.

Wellington’s boys played at a tournament at Courtenay’s G.P. Vanier, where they finished eighth. Welly’s only win came Friday against Stelly’s, 66-59. Till Inkmann led the Wildcats in that one with 17 points.

GAME ON … In local high school basketball action tonight, the Barsby Blazers senior AA girls host the Wellington Wildcats at 5 p.m. at the John Barsby Community Secondary School gym, then the second half of a doubleheader there sees the Blazers boys take on the Ladysmith 49ers at 6:30 p.m. Also at 6:30 p.m., the Woodlands Eagles senior AA boys host the Cedar Spartans at the Woodlands Secondary School gym.

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