The Caledonia Kermodes have come back from basketball provincials 16th out of 20 teams.
The Kermodes were in Langley March 13-16, participating in the 2012 BC High School Boys Basketball Association’s AAA provincial tournament.
With four losses and some tight game scores, coach Cam MacKay said players came really close to game wins throughout the event.
The provincials took place at the Langley events centre, and MacKay described it as one of the biggest high school tournaments in the province.
“Playing on a huge court in a big arena, it’s really cool,” MacKay said. “They actually did quite well.”
Terrace tipped off with Victoria’s Mount Douglas secondary school for game one, losing 82-71.
“Mount Douglas is a very good team, we played well against them,” MacKay said, noting that at half time in the game it was Terrace who had the lead.
In Game two, the Kermodes took on Langley’s Walnut Grove high school, losing 78-59. The game was a struggle as the players dealt with the letdown of their first, which MacKay explained means they wouldn’t be able to make it to first place.
Game three Terrace took on Mount Baker Secondary school in another close match resulting in a 57-52 loss for Terrace.
The fourth and final game was another close affair as Terrace lost 70-60 to Yale Secondary school in a game MacKay said the team shouldn’t have lost. He said in the end it came down to trouble sinking foul shots that cost the team the game.
Overall, MacKay said the tournament was a good experience for the team, which was young this year and will have eight players returning for another crack at AAA provincials next year.
He notes that a lack of competition is always a struggle for northern communities when their players take on teams who routinely practice and play with much more competition available.
For the Kermodes this year, they played Prince Rupert locally, winning seven out of eight games. They also participated in five tournaments, of which they won two.