The EMCS senior boys basketball team is still a work in progress, says coach Trevor Bligh.
On Tuesday night, the Wolverines (0-2) dropped their second regular season game to the Vic High Totems in Victoria, losing 64-63.
“It was a tough game to lose,” Bligh said.
Point guard Taye Julien stroked a three pointer with eight seconds left, which would have tied the game, but the referee pulled it back, calling it a two-pointer.
The bad luck didn’t end there. The official took four seconds off the clock near the end of the game, and with seconds left, the Wolverines failed to pot a basket on an inbound pass.
“It’s our defensive game. The guys just freeze up in certain situations,” Bligh said.
“We do things over and over in practice, and they go completely blank in the game.”
Top point-getters for the Wolverines was Julien (18), Wade Fitzner (28) and Clement Casavant (11). Michael Guting led Vic High with 20.
Bligh remains confident with his young squad’s ability to bounce back this season
“I’m hoping the boys put out the same effort on Thursday that they did last night and they’ll come out with a W (win).”
But, he added, if the Wolverines want to make the Island playoffs, they’ll need to beat crosstown rivals Vic High and the Stelly’s Hornets.
On Thursday, the Wolverines can take a big step towards that goal when they host the Hornets. Game time is 7 p.m.
BASELINES … Wade Fitzner is the first player this season in either the north and south divisions to score 28 points in one game … The Wolverines host their annual tournament on Dec. 29 and 30 at EMCS.