Clayton Reymerink looks to make a pass in the offensive zone during the Cowichan Thunderbirds’ game against NDSS last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan T-Birds show they can hang with the best

First games demonstrate senior boys basketball team will contend

The Cowichan Secondary Thunderbirds started the senior boys basketball season last weekend by going 1-2 at their own invitational event.

The T-Birds opened up with an 81-41 loss to a strong Belmont Bulldogs team on Friday evening.

“They are an experienced team that is well coached,” Cowichan head coach Casey Parsons said. “Given that it was our first official game of the season, and that we are a young team, losing eight players from last year’s team, it wasn’t a total surprise that we experienced some early growing pains.”

Cowichan rebounded from that loss to beat the Reynolds Roadrunners 68-43 the next morning.

“It was nice to pick up our first win of the season, especially after getting blown out the night before against Belmont,” Parsons said. “It was a solid team effort; all 13 players got floor time, and worked very hard on the defensive end, which created many fast-break opportunities for us.”

The T-Birds’ last game was against Nanaimo District Secondary, who had defeated the Belmont Bulldogs by 22 points in their previous game. Cowichan played an excellent first half and led 46-40 at halftime before eventually losing 91-80.

Joaquin Andrade shot eight three-pointers on his way to a game-high 37 points, and Clayton Bergstrom added 17.

“We let NDSS’s backcourt go on a run early in the third quarter, and though we made a gutsy comeback in the fourth to cut it to four points, we couldn’t quite make back what we gave up. That game was encouraging however, because it showed us that when we play our way, and get after it, we can hang with some of the top teams on the Island.”

The T-Birds host their Welcome Back Tournament this weekend. They opened against Spectrum on Thursday afternoon. A win on Thursday would send them to a 5:15 p.m. game at Cow High on Friday, while a loss would mean a game at Quamichan at 3:45 p.m. on Friday. The championship game is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday at Cow High.

Just Posted

Bulldog from Chemainus will be a Wildcat next season

Hawthorne grateful for the chance to play Div. 1 in the U.S. after his BCHL development

T.W. Paterson column: Forbidden Plateau’s lost gold nuggets

“Time and time again the young men scoured the hills…”

North Cowichan will look at hiring staff person to deal with climate change

Coun. Kate Marsh makes motion for a report on issue

Duncan Dynamics gymnasts wide-awake at PJ Invitational

Great start to the competitive season for Duncan athletes

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Coming up in Cowichan: Bowl for Kids; Leaders of Tomorrow

Bowl for Kids Sake coming up in Cowichan Valley on March 3… Continue reading

B.C. skip Sarah Wark and team eliminated at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Nontheless pretty impressive stuff from the 24th-ranked team in the country

Pope’s sex abuse prevention summit explained

It’s A high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops the global problem

B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Most Read