The Snowball Classic in Abbotsford got off to a good start for the Caledonia Kermodes boys basketball team.
Kermodes defeated Robert Bateman Timberwolves on Wednesday, Jan. 9 68 – 47 in an exhibiton match prior to the start of The Snowball Tournament. Kermodes were lead by Marcus MacKay with 35 points and Reegin Maki with 14 points.
On Thursday morning the Kermodes took on the reigning AAAA Manitoba Provincial Champions, the Oak Park Raiders of Winnipeg. The Terrace team came out slow and the raiders came out firing. The well drilled Raiders ran out to a 45 – 27 lead at the half.
But the Kermodes staged a come back and closed the gap to within 8 before losing 80 – 68. Kermodes had a balanced scoring attack with Marcus MacKay 20 points, Reegin Maki 17, Patrick Kurek 17.
On Friday the Kermodes faced the Semiahmoo Totems. The Kermodes started quickly taking out a 32 -10 after the first quarter. The onslaught continued as the Totems did not have an answer for the transition game of the Kermodes as they took a 53 – 22 lead into the 3rd quarter.
Kermodes Cruised to victory 80 – 58. Kermodes were led by Reegin Maki with 25, Marcus MacKay 15, Patrick Kurek 14, Brennan Jay 12.
Kermodes next play the MEI Eagles this afternoon in their final game of the Snowball Tournament, looking for 6th place. Twelve teams, including one from Los Angeles, are participating in the tournament.