Brentwood beaten by Lambrick foes

Shalev Sharabi in action last season against Shawnigan Lake. - Andrew Leong/file
Shalev Sharabi in action last season against Shawnigan Lake.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Old acquaintances haven’t been forgotten.

The Spartan Invitational senior boys’ basketball tournament in Victoria featured another celebrated battle between Brentwood College and Lambrick Park.

“We’ve had a great rivalry with them the last few years,’’ said Brentwood coach Blake Gage.

Lambrick got the upper hand this time in the semifinals 77-69.

Brentwood didn’t have the luxury of as much of a break before facing Lambrick after a tough 75-70 win over Spectrum in its opening game.

“It was pretty much back-to-back games,’’ said Gage.

“We had a decent game with Spectrum. It took us a long time to put them away.

“We sat for one game and then played right away with Lambrick.’’

The traditional post-holiday break always takes teams a while to get back in the swing of things.

Brentwood had a 20-point lead on Spectrum with about five minutes left and Gage went to his bench to give more players some action. The lead whittled down quickly.

“They kept pressing and kept their starters on and I didn’t,’’ Gage pointed out.

After the Lambrick loss, Brentwood closed out the tournament with a 53-41 win over Vanier for third place.

“Our goal was to lock them down defensively in the second half,’’ said Gage. “We did.’’

Claremont topped the standings behind the efforts of MVP Mason Loewen.

Jordan Charles of Brentwood was named to the tournament all-star team.

Gage was impressed with the two-way play of Shalev Sharabi.

“He competed really hard the whole tournament,’’ said Gage. “Defensively, he jump-started us as well.’’

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