belmont bulldogs

Story and Photos by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

January 26, 2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Belmont Bulldogs Sr. basketball team, played their second game in three nights when they visited the 3-5 Spectrum Thunder in a come from behind 77-70 win on Thursday night.

With Belmont’s centerman Erik Spaven still sidelined, the 6-2 Belmont Bulldogs would have to weather an early 11-3 first period lead as the Thunder out-muscled the Bulldogs on both the offensive and defensive glass, capitalizing on a smaller Belmont front court.

The Thunder’s # 6 Inderpal Jassal helped to establish an inside game, finding success from behind the arc with 2 three pointers and effectively opening up the middle for teammate Jacob Pheiffer to operate. Belmont began to find their touch, scoring half way through the opening period as Belmont’s #9 Brayden Henson would exploit the Thunder, putting up 7 points in the quarter. Spectrum would weather the Bulldogs push and managed to hold a 19-14 lead into the second.

Spectrum’s Dorian Vandermerwe finds a seam for an unbalanced two points in a 26 point performance Thursday night against Belmont Bulldogs – Erich Eichhorn image ( ) 

Spectrum’s Jacob Pheiffer dominated the second period, demonstrating his touch on the inside.   Phieffer would add nine points to his first quarter total, finishing up with a 15 point total in the half. The Bulldog’s would struggle from the field in the second quarter, relying on the charity stripe to keep it close.

#14 Daniel Massey battle with Spectrum’s #9 Jaideep Pannu under the boards for the rebound – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Daniel Massey #14 was a bright spot in the second quarter with eight points,  including two baskets from the three-point line in support of his team. Massey finished the game with 18 points, and the Thunder would continue to impress the partisan crowd with a 39-31 lead going into the locker room.

Johnston and Vandermerwe would go head-to head most of the night with the Bulldogs coming out on top in a come from behind win at Spectrum High school – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Belmont came out in the second half pressuring the Thunder back court with with a three quarter court press, forcing turnovers to kick start a comeback bid. Scoring 10 points in the quarter, Spectrum’s #4 Darian Vandermerwe was the Thunder’s answer to a strong Belmont push.

Spectrums’ #11 Jacob Pheiffer grabs the rebound before Kane Johnston from Belmont can beat him to it.  Pheiffer would finish the game with 17 points in a loosing Thunder bid  – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Belmont guard Kane Johnston, with his explosive first step, would beat his check often off the dribble to find a path to the net, scoring eight points in the third, while team mate Owen Vaags would also heat up, finding his scoring touch on an 7 point third quarter performance to help bring Belmont into a 55-55 tie at the end of the third quarter.

#9 Kane Johnston shoot the jump shot from downtown as he gets a clear look at the hoop – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Belmont ‘s Vaags continue his charming ways in the fourth quarter, ensuring a Belmont win with a commanding shooting performance down the stretch.  Vaagas found the sweet spot from the floor, scoring 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from a gritty, and talented Spectrum team.

Belmont Bulldogs would battle the Spectrum Thunder in a tough Lower Vancouver Island AAA Basketball matchup Thursday night at Spectrum. Belmont would prevail 77-70 – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Belmont would go to best Spectrum 77-70 and improve their record to 6-2 on the season. Despite the loss Spectrum’s #4 Darian Vandermerwe had the honor of the game-high score with a total of 26 points. 

High Scorers: Belmont – Owen Vaags – 24 points

Spectrum – Darian Vandermerwe – 26 points