The Caledonia AAA senior boys team returned home from provincials in Langley with a four-game loss.
The tournament was held at the Langley events centre March 15-19 and hosted the top 20 AAA senior boys team’s in the province.
“It was great for the experience,” said coach Cam MacKay. “I honestly think if we were able to play those teams all of the time we wouldn’t be coming back 0-4,” he added.
Game one was against the Lower Mainland’s Pitt Meadow Secondary, who according to MacKay are a perennial basketball power, and hail from the toughest zone in the province.
“We expected a tough game against them, and we got it,” he said.
The game was close for the first quarter before Pitt Meadows took control and never looked back resulting in a 63-34 loss for the Kermodes.
Game two was against Cranbrook’s Mount Baker Secondary.
MacKay said the 54-47 loss for the Kermodes was the result of too many turnovers.
However, he said their was a bright spot during the game was when Marcus MacKay scored 14 points in under five minutes, an accomplishment above and beyond expectations because Marcus normally plays a level lower on Skeena Secondary’s junior boys team.
“This guy lit it up,” MacKay said.
Game three was played much better against Vancouver’s Kitsilano Secondary School.
The Kermodes held the lead until mid-way into the third quarter when Kitsilano scored 20 points over Terrace’s 12 and won the match 66-60.
“It was a really good game,” MacKay said. “It was a bit of a see-saw battle.”
Game four saw the Kermodes up against Surrey’s Fleetwood Park Secondary School.
The players were tiring out by then and some of them had become sick.
“I think we lacked energy,” MacKay said.
And it showed as Fleetwood ended up with a 64-47 win over the Kermodes.
The tournament hosted a three point shot competition. Terrace’s Josh MacKay and Aiden Klien both shot their way through to the semi-finals. Josh made it all the way to the end and came in second for the tournament overall.
Provincials wrap up the team’s season for the year.
MacKay expects changes for the next years basketball season.
He is anticipating more balance to the team with the combination of remaining players and new players expected
from junior boy’s teams, some of whom he said have strength in outside shooting depth.
“It will be interesting to see,” he said, adding that it depends on how much work players are going to put in over the summer.
One of the more promising things to come for the team next year will be the expected addition of a Prince Rupert AAA basketball team.
With the Prince Rupert Secondary School slated to become a middle school next year, Charles Hay Secondary School will now have the population of students to be in the AAA category.