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Wellington b-ball teams reach provincials

Brentwood players Jason Tran, left, and Jordan Charles defend against Wellington Wildcats opponent Aaron Copley during Saturday
Brentwood players Jason Tran, left, and Jordan Charles defend against Wellington Wildcats opponent Aaron Copley during Saturday's senior AA Island final at the Wellington Secondary School gym.
— image credit: GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

The Wildcats have got their claws on a couple of berths to provincials. Wellington Secondary School’s senior AA boys and senior AA girls both advanced through this past weekend’s Island championships.

The Wilcats girls won the Island title, defeating St. Michael’s University School 63-52 on Saturday at SMUS. Welly’s boys were runners-up at Islands, falling 66-56 to Brentwood in Saturday’s final at the Wellington school gym.

Sara Simovic and Victoria Brown were top scorers for Wellington in the girls’ final. Simovic got tournament MVP honours while Brown was also selected as an all-star.

In the boys’ final, Tyler Radelja led his team with 26 points and Ethan Schulz added 15.

The ’Cats kept closing the gap to five or six points in the second half, but couldn’t manage to come closer.

“We would have liked to win the Islands because we haven’t done it for a long time at our school,” Radelja said. “We tried our best and we almost did it.”

Wellington advanced to the final thanks to a 77-65 win over Lambrick Park in the semis. Aaron Copley led his team with 22 points in that one and Radelja had 19. The' Cats boys beat Shawnigan 53-34 to start the tourney.

Also at the senior AA boys’ Island championships, the Woodlands Eagles and Nanaimo District Islanders were eliminated after two losses each.

The Eagles boys lost 71-54 to Lambrick and then 82-72 to Shawnigan Lake. Aaron Halsall scored 29 points in the first game and Bryson Cox had 45 the next day.

The Islanders fell 57-35 to Mark Isfeld, then 95-45 to SMUS. Top scorers for ND in those games were Aidan Goodall with 16 and then Tyus Barfoot with 21.

Radelja and Schulz were chosen first-team all-stars and Cox and Copley were second-team all-stars.

Also this past weekend, the Dover Bay Dolphins senior AAA girls hosted Island championships, where they placed third thanks to a 58-52 victory over Spectrum. Gabby Jeffrey led her team with 15 points in that game and McKenzie Nicks scored 13.

Dover needed to play four games to earn its top-three finish. The girls started with a 66-36 win over Mt. Doug, lost 66-39 to Oak Bay, then beat Stelly's 62-45 to reach the medal round. Jenna Ziemanski led the Dolphins in the tournament opener with 16 points, then Nicks was top scorer the next two outings with 18 points against the Bays and 20 against Stelly's.

Nicks was a first-team all-star and Ziemanski was a second-team all-star.

The Dolphins girls get to challenge Fraser Valley’s fifth seed for a berth at provincials. That game is Tuesday (Feb. 26) at 3:30 p.m. at Oak Bay Secondary School in Victoria.

Dover’s senior AAA boys placed second at North Islands in Duncan, losing 70-62 to Cowichan on Saturday. The Dolphins won the previous day's semifinal 84-62 against the G.P. Vanier Towhees. Dover advances to the Island championships, which begin Thursday (Feb. 28) at Victoria's Mt. Doug.

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