Tournaments test Nanaimo b-ball teams
High school hoops teams hit enough shots to be right in the mix in tournament action.
Several of the city’s senior boys’ and senior girls’ basketball teams participated in out-of-town tourneys this past weekend.
One of the best local results was put forth by the Nanaimo District Islanders senior boys, who placed second at the Mark Isfeld Invitational tournament in Courtenay. NDSS ended with a 75-52 loss to the host Isfeld Ice on Saturday, but the day before that they defeated the Highland Raiders 75-47 and got past the Cedar Spartans, 92-87.
The Spartans finished fourth at that tourney, starting with a win over Carihi before close losses to Cedar and Pacific Christian.
Down at the Welcome Back Tournament in Duncan, the Woodlands Eagles placed eighth and the Wellington Wildcats were ninth.
Woodlands’ 72-71 win over Alberni on Thursday was its only victory, as it went on to lose to Lambrick Park, Gulf Islands and Duncan Christian.
Wellington’s boys started with a 52-51 loss to North Surrey, but then won the consolation side of the draw handily, doubling up Ladysmith 80-40 and then beating Collingwood 71-42.
Welly’s senior girls fared well at their tournament in Chilliwack on the weekend, placing fourth amongst tough competition. The Wildcats started with a 60-48 loss to St. Thomas More, but then thrashed Pitt Meadows 70-40 and handled Archbishop Carney 59-40. Wellington’s Sara Simovic was a first-team all-star.
Dover Bay’s senior girls played at the Victoria Christmas Tournament, where they placed fifth. The Dolphins beat Stelly’s 48-40, lost 72-41 to Southridge, beat Boissevain from Manitoba 45-40 and then beat the Nanaimo District Islanders 40-27. Dover’s top scorers at the tournament were McKenzie Nicks and Jenna Ziemanski.
In senior AA girls’ league play Friday, Cedar lost 50-47 to Kwalikum. The Spartans also dropped a close decision to Parkland in exhibition action earlier in the day.
COURT SHORTS … The Bulletin’s annual high school basketball preview will be published Thursday (Dec. 20).