The list of the walking wounded continues for the EMCS Wolverines.
The team’s game against the Royal Bay Ravens was cancelled last week when the local senior boys’ basketball team could only muster four healthy kids to play. The other eight players were out due to injury or illness.
The sickbay count last week included three players with an ankle injury, three on the mend from knee damage, and two battling the flu.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a season this injury prone,” said coach Trevor Bligh. “We’ve just really suffered with injuries. We’ve been playing games with five and six guys.”
Hope is not all lost, however.
Two players were expected to return for a weekend tournament at Brentwood College and more early next week.
The Wolverines will reschedule their game against Royal Bay next week before ending the regular season against Esquimalt High on Thursday. Both games are on the road.
Playoffs loom the following week with the South Island championships.
The Wolverines are hoping to end the regular season in third place, so they’ll take on sixth-place Stelly’s Hornets. A win against Stelly’s will guarantee EMCS a berth in the Island playdowns set for Nanaimo Feb. 21-23.
“(The Island championships) is our goal, and we’re going to do everything we can to meet that goal,” Bligh said.