U17 Timberwolves shoot to bronze

With boys travelling from across the north, the club basketball team shot a strong season this year

The U17 club basketball boys won bronze in provincials last weekend.

The U17 Northwest Timberwolves lost by a narrow six points in the quarter final against Club Hurricane from the Lower Mainland.

They went on to defeat Club Force in a close 56-50 battle for bronze.

Coach Matt Lowndes says it was their best game of the tournament, played in Langley June 2-4.

“Everyone contributed, and we were in control of the game from start to finish,” said Lowndes. “Saymon Loki lead the way with a double double, with 14 points and ten rebounds. Solomon Johnson and Jackson Netzel both had strong games, and our point guard Elijah Azak did a good job of controlling the tempo.”

The boys club team has won an impressive 11 games this season, losing only four.

They took fifth in the massive club tournament called the Edmonton Hoops Showcase May 19-21, where they played in the B bracket against 15 other teams.

With players from across the north, the U17 Timberwolves practice every weekend during the spring and travel to close to three club tournaments a year.

Lowndes says the U17 boys are quick, play as a team, and possess height on the team that gives them an advantage as they play club teams in tournaments around the province.

Players travel from Smithers, Terrace, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, and New Aiyansh to play club basketball in Terrace, started three years ago and coached since then by Lowndes.

Lowndes runs the club in partnership with the University of Northern B.C. Timberwolves with the aim of encouraging youth to aspire to post secondary.

 

The U17 boys took third in their final tournament last weekend. Back row, left to right, are coaches Michael Johnson and Matt Lowndes, players Christian Clifton, Saymon Loki, Jackson Netzel, Solomon Johnson, Nolan Striker, and coach Harp Parmar. In front are Renzo Zanardo, Cedric Mckay, Elijah Azak, Hunter Wilson, and Akash Patel. Stephanie Lloyd-Jones photo