Another successful weekend for the Caledonia Kermodes Sr. Boys Basketball team, who travelled to Vanderhoof for the Nechako Valley Tournament Dec. 7 and 8 and came home undefeated.
Game 1 for the Kermodes at the Viking Classic was a rough affair as they ran into a hardworking yet undisciplined Correlieu Clansmen team.
One Clansmen player was ejected for a flagrant foul. And the Clansmen team lost their composure and resorted to unsportsmanlike play throughout much of the second half, taking away from the performance of their post player Crick who turned in a 29 pt performance and command of the boards.
Kermodes lost the services of Grade 11 Drew Kenmuir in the second half with a knee injury.
The Cal took a 70-44 lead going into the 4th frame when the opportunity was taken to get everyone on the bench some playing time. The final score was 75-59.
Marcus MacKay with 23 pts, Brennan Jay 13 and Patrick Kurek 12 led the Kermodes on the offensive. With Ethan Anderson leading on the defensive. Anderson was awarded the Warrior of the Game with Reegin Maki recognized for his help side defence and board work.
And in the semi-finals, the Kermodes met the DP Todd Trojans, taking them 66-44.
A solid defensive effort by the Kermodes paid dividends in a battle against a young and talented DP Todd Team.
Caledonia got into some early foul trouble but were able to manage with some strong bench play.
Aidan Griffith and Kynan Finnie aided the defensive effort with timely steals and blocks. Patrick Kurek dished up seven assists and collected seven rebounds while Marcus MacKay with 26pts and Reegin Maki with 14 pts led the scoring for the team.
The team then met the Charles Hays Rainmakers, who the Kermodes faced off against—and beat—last weekend for the Championship game.
The Kermodes set a torrid pace in the final of the Viking Classic scoring 32 points in the first quarter—with twenty of those 32 scored by Reegin Maki who had a break out game for the Kermodes.
Kermodes were up 52 – 28 at the half, with a final score of 86-53. Maki led in scoring for the Kermodes with 31 followed by Patrick Kurek and Marcus MacKay with 17 and 16 respectively.
Next up, the Kermodes play at home at the Caledonia Gymnasium on Friday, Dec. 14. They’re up against Centennial Christian at 4:15 and Charles Hays at 6:45.