Story and Photos by Tali Campbell
(ISN) – Beginning Thursday, February 16th, Wellington Secondary Gymnasium was where all the action was as both the Junior and Senior North Islands Basketball Tournament was taking place. Below we take a look at the tournament winners and losers.
Starting with the Juniors, the first game was bright and early at 9:00am, when the John Barsby Blazers beat Isfeld 44-34 to move onto the semi finals, and the host team, Wellington Wildcats, did the same by beating Ballenas 58-21.
Still in the opening round, Dover Bay beat Highland 48-40 and G.P Vanier beat NDSS 49-32.
In the semi finals, it was a repeat match from last weeks tournament, when Wellington faced off against John Barsby. The result was the same, with the Wildcats beating the Blazers 60-27, while Dover Bay lost by one point to G.P Vanier 49-48. For first place, the host team came out on top with a 51-38 win over Vanier!
But the race for the third, and final spot for the Islands Tournament was on. Isfeld beat Ballenas 44-21, while NDSS lost to Highland 51-49. Isfeld then went on to lose to Dover Bay 59-43, and Barsby destroyed Highlands 61-18.
In the final game for the juniors, more was on the line for this game than any other game as the winner would moves on to the Island Tournament, while the loser would go home. In the end, Barsby fought off Dover Bay to take the game 48-36.
Left: Wellington’s, Tyler Radelja, tips the ball over Barsby’s, Kyle Vollet; Right: Isfelds, #21 G.Snook jumps for the ball.
Wellington Wildcats, G.P Vanier and the John Barsby Bulldogs are the three teams going to the Islands next week in Cowichan.
The Senior Division of the tournament began with Ladysmith beating Cedar 80-72, Isfeld beating Kwalikum 54-40, Woodlands beating Timberline 59-54 and Wellington beating Highlands 59-49.
In the second round of the tournament, teams moved around but the main thing was the top three teams were moving on.
The host team Wellington Wildcats were taking on Highland for the final, third spot, but could not get it done. Highland ended up beating the host team 53-45. For first place, Ladysmith took on Isfeld, and Ladysmith took that game 55-47.
Ladysmith, Isfeld and Highlands are the three teams moving onto the Islands.
Following the Islands Tournament, the winning teams will move on to the BC Provincials.
Since day one, Island Sports News has been your source for all the action, and count on us for all the action coming up next week!
Nanaimo Sports Correspondent, Tali Campbell
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