The highlight of the U15 Timberwolves boys season was claiming the trophy in Edmonton a few weeks ago. In back row, left to right, are James Gagnon, Chanse Kennedy, Brody McKay, Tavish Crawford, John Matheson, Aiden Leighton, Liam Bains, and Trai Zips. In front are Ize Vergera, Tyler Jones, and Matthew Clayton.

U15 Timberwolves develop skill, wrap up season with bronze

The northern B.C. club basketball team claimed gold in Edmonton and bronze in Langley recently.

The U15 Timberwolves wrapped up their season with AAA club provincial bronze.

It wasn’t their best result, as the boys were riding off of a thrilling gold medal victory in the Hoops Showcase in Edmonton the weekend prior.

In the massive Edmonton tournament, the boys took a win and a loss in the pool play, but then chalked up two narrow victories in the quarter-final and semi-final games.

They won the quarter final 50-54 against the West Elite Basketball Association U15 Chan from Edmonton. Next they beat Alberta’s Parkland Pride Ouellette 64-62 to advance to finals.

Facing the Battle River Vikings, the boys won 57-48 to claim the title of the 16-team B pool.

Riding off of that victory, the boys headed to Langley last weekend for club provincials. Provincials is a regular club tournament at this point, with only four teams and no zones to qualify.

The boys lost their first three games, several very close, but advanced with all the other teams where they were able to turn things around.

They won the bronze final on Sunday, a game that marked the end of the season for club basketball.

The club team has players from Prince Rupert to Smithers and the U15 level started this spring as a way to develop players for the higher up U17 basketball, which has run for three years in the north.

Coach Matt Lowndes says it has been a good learning season for the U15 boys.

“For a lot of the kids it was their first non-northern basketball experience,” he said.

“It’s a different game when you go into the cities, so there was a lot of good adapting to the speed and the pace and intensity of city basketball. We represented ourselves very well.”

(For scores and details on the Edmonton tournament, click here.)