Hoops squads busy before holiday break

Nanaimo’s high school basketball teams were in action at out-of-town exhibition tournaments.

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Nanaimo’s high school basketball teams managed to score a few more baskets before they stepped away from the courts for Christmas.

A handful of local teams were in action at out-of-town exhibition tournaments.

The Woodlands Eagles senior boys placed third at the Edward Milne Wolverine Classic in Sooke.

The Eagles defeated the hosts 70-57 in Saturday’s third-place game. Woodlands started with a 53-44 win over Reynolds, but then lost to Gulf Islands by a blowout score.

The Wellington Wildcats boys won the consolation bracket at the Delview Invitational in Surrey. The ’Cats beat Fraser Heights 84-79, as Hayden Jeffrey scored 21 points and Daniel Goodman added 20. Welly started with a 77-60 loss to Cambie, with Alex Staniforth scoring 18, then hammered D.W. Poppy 88-46 as Staniforth scored 15 and Ja Taylor added 14.

In Victoria, the Nanaimo District Islanders won one of their three games at the Gary Taylor Classic at Oak Bay Secondary School. NDSS started with an 81-50 loss to Alberta’s Sir Winston Churchill, then beat St. Michaels University School 43-37 before dropping the consolation final 57-47 against Lambrick Park.

The Barsby Blazers were the busiest team, playing four games over three days at the Capilano University tournament in North Vancouver.

The Blazers dropped their first three, but ended on a winning note with a 51-42 victory against Porter Creek out of Yellowknife. Michael Wyse and Silas Campbell scored 15 points each in the win.

Barsby started with a 52-37 loss to Elphinstone, then lost a blowout against AAAA Heritage Woods. Wyse had 17 points in both games. The Blazers then fell 80-48 to Seycove. Ibrahim Herwi led Barsby with 18.

On Monday in Oahu, Hawaii, the Dover Bay Dolphins senior girls were defeated by Honolulu’s Maryknoll by a blowout score.