Crowd’s craziness continues

Jordan Charles of Brentwood College fights to hold onto the ball against Henry Williams of Shawnigan Lake. - Andrew Leong
Jordan Charles of Brentwood College fights to hold onto the ball against Henry Williams of Shawnigan Lake.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

The atmosphere is always electric when Brentwood College and Shawnigan Lake senior boys’ basketball teams clash on the court.

The latest round of the rivalry was played last Tuesday night at Brentwood College and a loud crowd spurred the home side on to a 65-47 victory.

“There’s been some classic match-ups,’’ said Brentwood coach Blake Gage of the history of the event. “We’re really lucky to have a rival like that.’’

Last year’s showcase at Brentwood went into overtime before the home side prevailed. This time, the hosts held a 13-7 lead after the first quarter, increased the margin to 31-14 at the half and 49-24 after three quarters before Shawnigan nearly doubled its total from the first three in the fourth quarter.

“They carved into it pretty good at the end,’’ said Gage.

“They played with a lot more sense of urgency than we did,’’ said Shawnigan Lake coach Vito Pasquale. “They came out and physically handled us right from the get-go.’

Pasquale said his team blew five layups in the first quarter and that didn’t help to produce a decent start.

“Then they opened up a lead in the second quarter and we couldn’t get back. In the beginning, they played us way more physical and pressured us.’’

“I don’t think Shawnigan played their best game,’’ said Gage. “It’s always a hard game to play in because the crowd is pretty crazy.’’

It’s hard to keep the players’ emotions in check with such a boisterous backing.

“We were probably as reasonable as I could expect,’’ said Gage. “We didn’t try to do too much out of the ordinary.’’

Shawnigan had about 80 fans in attendance amid the Brentwood mob.

Jordan Charles led Brentwood with 25 points, including five threes. Jason Tran scored 16 while Shalev Sharabi and Hayden Frisch added 10 apiece.

Henry Williams was the high man for Shawnigan with 17.

Both coaches expected a tough rematch Tuesday at Shawnigan.

The plan for Shawnigan, Pasquale said, was “to come out way more aggressive than the last time we played them.’’

Brentwood also won a battle of the school hockey teams Saturday at Kerry Park Arena, 3-2 over Shawnigan in a shootout.

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