EMCS Wolverines lick wounds after holiday losses

Senior boys high school squad still has eyes on spot in provincial championships this spring

At the start of the Edward Milne Community School Invitational Basketball Tournament, the Wolverines’ starting five had dwindled down to just one player.

It showed.

The local high school squad was outscored 225 to 134 in three games.

Yet for co-coaches Alex Wright and Trevor Bligh, it became a team-building opportunity.

It gave younger players more playing time, and it added a dose of tough love to the more experienced players, losing to Oak Bay B 103-40 and Royal Bay 57-24.

Despite the Wolverines struggles, they remain in second place in the South Vancouver Island Division 2 standings and have five players in the top 10 for scoring.

All this without keys starters.

“We’ve played with three legs most of the season. We’ve yet to play with our starting five,” Bligh said, adding most absences have been due to injury, football and holiday commitments.

The biggest loss has been Brady Greenwood. The 6’4” forward rolled his ankle in the first game of the season against Glenlyon Norfolk, but not before amassing 27 points, 12 assists and 15 rebounds.

“Everything we do is through Brady’s skill set and being able to pass the ball well,” Bligh said.

Bligh and Wright were looking forward to having a full lineup when the regular season resumed last night, when the Wolverines played Esquimalt.

The Wolverines will continue to work on new defences and offences leading into the playoffs at the end of February, and still have a goal to reach the provincial championships.

“I don’t care where I am at Christmas. I care where I’m at in the last week of February,” Bligh said.

“We need to be in the top three on the Island. We’re going to have to work, and we’re going to have to work at that pressure to get by [St. Michaels University School] and Shawnigan Lake and take that third seed.”

COURT TALK … The Wolverines tip off against Mt. Douglas at EMCS tonight (Jan. 6). Game time is 7:30 p.m.

 

 

Just Posted

The strange case of Jesokah Adkens

All was not what it seemed in Sooke girl’s disappearance 18 years ago

Victoria Police host Faith-Based Safety Forum in light of recent religious attacks

More than 35 faith-based leaders voice concerns, air questions

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Canada stripping citizenship from Chinese man over alleged marriage fraud

The move comes amid severely strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing

Nevada court orders former Vancouver man to pay back $21.7M to investors

The commission says Michael Lathigee committed fraud over a decade ago

Young man on Vancouver Island dies after losing control of ATV

Crash claimed the life of a 23-year-old south of Nanaimo over the long weekend

Most Read