Shawnigan, DCS collide at Police tournament

High-flying Alex Chen of Shawnigan looks for space past the defence of Vinny Martin of Gulf Islands. Gulf Islands won the game at Shawnigan Lake School 69-45. - Andrew Leong
High-flying Alex Chen of Shawnigan looks for space past the defence of Vinny Martin of Gulf Islands. Gulf Islands won the game at Shawnigan Lake School 69-45.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Duncan Christian and Shawnigan Lake School senior boys' basketball teams crossed paths in the Victoria Police tournament last weekend.

Duncan Christian didn't have much left in the tank for the meeting after a busy couple of weeks of tournament action and a bout with the injury bug.

Shawnigan won 75-54 behind the 22-point effort of Leo Chang. Henry Williams added 19 and Mitch McMaster scored 18.

Doug Groenendijk had a big game for DCS with 27 points and three blocks. Josh Klassen contributed 19 points and nine assists.

Shawnigan was coming off a 69-45 loss to Gulf Islands heading into the tournament and coach Vito Pasquale noted his players were similarly off the mark in the Police tournament opener against Spectrum.

"We missed 28 layups in the game and shot 10-for-24 at the free throw line but still managed to have a run at them, bringing it to two inside the fourth quarter,'' he pointed out.

After that, Shawnigan defeated Glenlyon 72-49 and then finished with the win over DCS.

The Chargers were beaten 68-57 by J.N. Burnett of Richmond in its tournament opener. Klassen ended up with 24 points and 19 rebounds while Groenendijk added 12 points and Jon Climie chipped in with eight.

The second game brought a 54-44 win over Charles Hays of Prince Rupert, as Klassen scored 31 points, Groenendijk had 18 and Andrew Mitchell scored five.

DCS and Glenlyon were the only single-A teams in the tournament.

"Our bench had to play,'' said DCS coach Heidi Padjen. "They had no choice. We still showed great potential at that tournament, especially playing against those higher level teams.''

DCS previously played in the B.C. Christian Schools tournament at Pacific Academy and recorded the team's best-ever finish there.

"It was a great showing,'' said Padjen. "We were a little bit disappointed in our finish because we felt we could have done better.''

DCS clobbered Regent Christian Academy of Surrey 72-26 with a well-rounded scoring effort — 15 points from Klassen, 14 from Jesse VanWingerden, 10 from Nick Kapteyn, nine from Johnny Caron and eight from Chaz Milne.

DCS came out on top in the next game against B.C. Christian Academy of Port Coquitlam, currently ranked No. 6 in single-A for the province, 62-45.

Klassen recorded a triple-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists while Kapteyn's double-double featured 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Things kind of fell apart for DCS in the semifinal, resulting in a painful 75-58 loss to Pacific Academy. Jesse VanWingerden dislocated his shoulder early in the game.

Scoring was done by Klassen with 20 points and 12 rebounds, Bennett King-Nyberg with 17 points, Groenendijk with 13 points and nine rebounds and Kapteyn with eight points.

The final game for third place ended in a 64-63 overtime defeat to Langley Christian.

Klassen scored 33 points and was named to the tournament's all-star team.

"Our team definitely needs to lose a few games to wake up a bit,'' said Padjen.

"They're not cocky or anything. They don't quite know what it takes to fight through those close games yet.''

DCS is back in tournament action this weekend at Notre Dame.

"We're hoping to get as much great competition before we get to islands,'' said Padjen.


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