The Senior boys basketball team, featuring four boys from Barnacle House (Ryan Hindson, Sean Finamore, Kelvin Wong and Sammy DeVries) competed in its provincial finals over the spring break, hoping to improve on last season’s silver medal finish. Seeded No. 3, in its first outing, SMUS recorded a straightforward 90-51 victory over Vanderhoof’s Nechako Valley.
This win placed the Blue Jags into the quarterfinals versus St. Patrick’s, a small, feisty and lightning-quick team from Vancouver. Though up 31-16 late in the second quarter, SMUS had all sorts of problems with the Celtics’ press. Indeed, the game was tied early in the fourth period before order was restored.
The semi-final featured a match-up versus No. 2 seed King George, who had beaten SMUS 52-50 in the Police Tournament back in January. Again SMUS took control early on, leading 33-26 at halftime and then 49-33 with nine minutes remaining.
Kudos to the Dragons, who mounted a furious comeback. What would have been a late game-tying three-pointer hit the back rim and bounced away, allowing SMUS to triumph 59-55 and advance to the final.
In the AA championship game for a remarkable fourth consecutive year, SMUS aimed to engineer an upset over top seed Brentwood College. A superb first half, featuring stingy defence and opportunistic shooting saw the Blue Jags reach intermission up 31-20.
Alas, this position was not to last, as Brentwood’s superior size and depth began to tell. Slowly but surely the lead evaporated, as the Mill Bay crew edged in front for the first time, 41-40, with six minutes remaining.
The Blue Jags couldn’t quite manage to make a key shot or secure a key defensive rebound. A killer three-pointer with three minutes left took the score to 48-42 and, in the end, proved decisive.
Nonetheless, SMUS could hold its head high, having given everything. For a second consecutive year, Ryan Hindson was named a B.C. Tournament All-Stars, while Sammy De Vries played his best basketball of the season throughout the tournament.