The Caledonia Kermodes and Prince Rupert’s Charles Hays Rainmakers are in a ‘dogfight’ for AAA Sr. Boys zone championships this year, says coach Joe Dominguez.
That’s a different story from last year, that saw the Terrace team nearly coast to provincials (after fending off a feisty Queen Charlotte Secondary School team, which has opted to compete in the AAAA division this year) where they won their first game and played competitively the length of the tournament.
But this year, although the Kermodes show a lot of skill, they haven’t found Prince Rupert’s number just yet.
“It’s going to be a dogfight,” said Dominguez. “We haven’t beaten them. The twice that we’ve lost to them, we’ve played well for the most part but it hasn’t bounced our way yet, so hopefully towards the end it will… We have the pieces, we just need to put them together.”
But aside from the two games against the Rainmakers, the team also travelled to a tournament in Vancouver, placing third.
In game one against Brittania, Caledonia won 61-61, high scorers Cam Netzel (22), Keel Haldane (21), and Alex Banovic (15).
They then tipped off against Richmond High, a AAAA school, losing 71-50 in a game that Dominguez said was closer than the score – Terrace was only down by four at the half, 33-29, but the third quarter was a killer with Richmond going on a 28-5 run Cal couldn’t come back from. High scorers Netzel (16), Caleb McGrath Burke (9), Banovic (7).
But they bounced back for their final game against McGee, winning decisively 71-45.
“They came together as a group and had a better game,” he said.
High scores went to Haldane (18), Netzel (16), Tristan Walker (12), and Marek Ormerod (10).
Netzel’s been consistent in terms of scoring and rebounds, said Dominguez. “The team can count on him to get 15 points, 10 rebounds a game.”
And last Friday night the team was in Prince Rupert for a showdown against Queen Charlotte – who were looking to redeem themselves after last year’s zones.
“They have very good individual players,” said Dominguez, of the 96-64 Queen Charlotte win.
“The score at half was 51-25. Second half was 45-41,” he said. “I would love to play them again.”