High School Basketball All-Star Games played at UBC Okanagan
By Cary Mellon on March 27, 2015
Junior Girls | 3:00 p.m. | Light (62) Dark (58) | Scoresheet
Junior Boys | 4:30 p.m. | Dark (70) Light (57) | Scoresheet
Senior Girls | 6:00 p.m. | Dark (67) Light (62) | Scoresheet
Senior Boys | 8:00 p.m. | Dark (88) Light (81) | Scoresheet
KELOWNA, B.C. – The seventh annual Okanagan High School All-Star game once again showcased a large group of talented hoopsters on the UBC hardwood this Friday night. Just shy of 80 high school basketball players participated in the four all-star games in the Junior and Senior levels in both Girls and Boys in front of a large group of parents, family, friends, and interesting onlookers. The games were officiated by valley referees who donated their time to showcase the event.
Summaries of each game are below.
Although the game was comprised of mostly Grade 10 basketball players it was two Grade nines that led their teams in scoring. MacKenzie Horst from Immaculata led her team wearing the dark jerseys with 14 pointys while Desiree Day, from KLO, was named Player of the Game and finished with 20 points to lead her team coached by Jody Vesper to the win. Scoring six of her 10 points in the fourth quarter was Darian Mahmi, the OKM junior was the only other player to score double digits in an even All-Star game.
A rematch of coaches from last year in the Junior boys game as once again it was UBC Okanagan men’s former basketball graduating player and current assistant coach, Landry Ndayitwayeko, versus Mitch Goodwin, a Junior guard on the Heat men’s club manning the benches of the dark jersey team the light jersey team respectively. This year Goodwin got the best of Ndayitwayeko as his team in Light jerseys scored 13 unanswered to turn a 57-57 draw into a 70-57 victory.
KSS’s Grant Sheppard was the Dark team’s leading scorer with a game-high 22 points, the second straight year he led the Junior All-Star game in scoring, however it was Kelowna Secondary’s playmaking guard Mason Bouchier who earned Player of the Game honours. Boucier finished with 4 points in distributing the ball amonst his teammaates in guiding the light jersey team to victory. Devin Halcrow (NorKam) 13 points, Owen Keys (KSS) 12 points, Nick Smith (OKM) 12 points, and Cruz Anderson (KCS) with 10 poibnts all scored in double-digits.
Incoming Heat guard Emma Johnson from the AA High School Provincial champion Immaculata Mustangs finished with a game high 17 points to earn Player of the Game honours in the Senior Girls All-Star game, it wasn’t enough however as the Dark jersey squad stole the game in the final minutes to win by five points (67-62).
Andrew Gini the head coach of the Immaculata’s senior girls team this year handled the whiteboard duties for the dark team and rode Pen Hi’s Natasha Reimer’s team high 14 points – all scored in the second half – to the comeback win. South Kam’s Liz Anderson hit four threes for all twelve of her points while her South Kam teammate Danya Lincoln added 11.
Sadie MacDonald, also from South Kam hit three from long range and finished with 11 points to be the only other to score double digit points for coach Roz Huber’s light squad.
In the Senior Boys game Mount Boucheries’ Kache Kopec earned the Player of the Game as the athletic guard from Mount Boucherie scored 14 of his game high 22 points in the second half to push his dark jersey squad to an 88-81 victory to close out the night.
George Elliot’s Michael Burnham carried the dark team in the first half, he scored 14 on the night, second most on the squad but he had 10 in the first two quarters. The dark jersey squad was coached by Vernon’s Glenn Garvie.
Dino Gini, fresh off his guiding his Immaculta boys squad to a provincial silver medal, coached the light jersey team. Evan Cave from Nor Kam finished with 16 points and Michael Gini with 15 topped the scoreres for Dino’s squad. Clarence Fulton’s Brandon Isaac chipped in with 12 points in a losing cause.
(L to R): Brianna Falk, Ally Lincoln, Jollee Perrier, Kinsey Vosper, Chelsea Espenberg, Mackenzie Horst, Jamie Lane, Kate Johnson, Hannah Walline, Kim Whelpton (Coach).
(L to R): Mariah Perry, Celine Francisco, Darian Mahmi, Marian Felt, Meagan Roualt, Desiree Day, Rene Watson, Teaghan Wallace, Jody Vesper (Coach).
Back Row (L to R): Randall Mosca (Coach), Mitch Glutek, Grant Shepard, Nate Humes, Simranjit Sandher, Gurlal Dhaliwal, Landry Ndayitwayeko (Coach). Front Row (L to R): Money Boparai, Prabh Chahal, Matt Williamson, Mitchell Mathieson, Mason Laughren.
Back Row (L to R): Mitch Goodwin (Coach), Nick Smith, Jacob Stokker, Devin Halcrow, Owen Keys, Mason Boucier, Austin Penrose. Fron Row (L to R): Ben Macdonald, Blaise Beauchemin, Cruz Anderson, Parm Sandher.
Back Row (L to R): Andrew Gini (coach), Natasha Reimer, Nicole Hart, Jordan Korol, Jordyn Cullum, Kristy Fugel Front Row (L to R): Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu, Lindsay Nicholas, Avery Watson, Liz Anderson, Danya Lincoln.
Back Row (L to R): Roz Huber (Coach), Meagan Admussen-Blair, Bretelle Ellerton, Danielle Ruocco, Anna Rice, Madison Terbasket-Winser. Fron Row (L to R): Emma Johnson, Lindsay Lalash, Reiko Ohama, SAdie MacDonald.
Back Row (L to R): Parker Simson, Abhishek Lekhi, Michael Burnham, Kohl Linder, Kache Kopec, Glenn Garvie (Coach). Front Row (L to R): John Garvie, Avery Walline, Matt Lafontaine, Paul Garcha, Jack Small.