Dover Bay boys win opener easily

Dover Bay Dolphins player Fraser Schmidt, front, is guarded by Alberni Armada opponent Josh Dejong during senior AAAA league play Tuesday in north Nanaimo. - GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
Dover Bay Dolphins player Fraser Schmidt, front, is guarded by Alberni Armada opponent Josh Dejong during senior AAAA league play Tuesday in north Nanaimo.
— image credit: GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

The Dover Bay Dolphins made the necessary adjustments to fend off the Alberni Armada and win a game.

Dover’s senior AAAA boys’ basketball team won its home opener Tuesday, defeating Alberni 74-53.

Wes Richardson, Dolphins swingman, said his team didn’t have its best first half, but picked up its game.

“We were focusing more on offence and less on defence,” he said. “So when we came out in the second half we focused on defence as our foundation and went from there.”

Taylor Davies led Dover with a game-high 20 points, Christian Wigmore scored 18 and Kevin Choi had 14.

In other senior boys' basketball action, Wellington beat Nanaimo District 56-31 and the Woodlands Eagles lost by a wide margin versus the Kwalikum Kondors. Nathan Perry played well in defeat for the Eagles.

Tuesday night’s closest game was a senior AA girls’ matchup at Woodlands Secondary School that saw the host Eagles shoot well from three-point range and edge the Nanaimo District Islanders 61-60.

The Wellington Wildcats senior AA girls, fresh off a victory at the Victoria Police Tournament, beat the Barsby Blazers Tuesday in Harewood by a 57-24 score. Victoria Brown’s 13 points led Wellington and every 'Cats player found the scoresheet.

Nicole McRae, coach of the Wildcats, said her team played some of its best basketball of the season at the police tournament. They had to, to win the final against a tough Ballenas Whalers team that had edged Welly in league play earlier in the month.

"It was really different this time," McRae said. "The girls had a different energy; they were so focused. We worked as a team the entire weekend."

The final at the tourney was 49-33, with Brown scoring 15 and Brooke Dendl and Kaitlyn Franklin scoring 10 each. Ally Keir was chosen tournament MVP and Franklin was an all-star.

GAME ON … Tonight (Jan. 23) the Eagles host the Blazers in senior AA girls’ play at 5 p.m. at the Woodlands gym and the Isles host the Highland Raiders at 5 p.m. at the NDSS gym.

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