Story and Photo By Tali Campbell
It was cold, and dusky outside, but it was bright and hot inside John Barsby School over the weekend, as the Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Parksvile-Qualicum School Districts Junior Basketball Tournament was going on.
Friday afternoon, it started with host team Barsby Bulldogs taking on the NDSS Islanders, with Barsby taking that game 51-21 to advance. Wellington then took on Cedar, and beat them 72-23 also to advance to the semi final game.
The Kondors took on rival team Ballenas Whalers, but lost in overtime to them 51-44, and Dover Bay beat Ladysmith 56-32.
In semi final action, Barsby took on Wellington, and Wellington kept up strong defence to take the win 61-32, while Dover Bay beat the Whalers 47-35.
The Wellington Wildcats and their head coach huddle prior to their final game.
In the final game, Dover Bay took on the Wellington Wildcats, and what a wild game it was. It was tight through two, but as Wellington started the third, it was all them. Strong defence and powering offence lead them to the 61-34 win.
Wellington suffered 7 fouls in the game, while #14, Tyler Radelja scored 18 points (in the entire tournament Tyler, scored 66 points) #5, Kyle got 11 points, and #15, Dylan tallied 11 points, while on the other side of the court Dover Bay got 13 fouls, #11, Turner got 8 points, while P.Oxland, #12 tallied for 6 points.
In the third place game Barsby defeated Nanaimo District Secondary School.
Wellington, Dover, Barsby and NDSS will go to the North Island’s Tournament being held at Wellington this week starting Thursday the 16th.
Congratulations to all the teams that took part in this tournament, and a big thanks to host John Barsby.