Chargers boys prove they belong among province's elite

Josh Klassen
Josh Klassen's scoring spree produces some big point totals.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Duncan Christian School Chargers senior boys' basketball team is getting better by playing rivals ranked in the provincial top 10 for single-A.

Six of the top 10 teams in B.C. were at the Glenlyon Norfolk Island Showdown tournament, including the Chargers, who went in as No. 8 but expect to move up after winning two of three games and placing third.

DCS opened with a spirited 77-64 victory over West Point Grey Academy, the No. 3-ranked team, as Josh Klassen exploded for 40 points and was the obvious choice for player of the game.

"That was probably our best-played game,'' said Chargers' coach Heidi Padjen.

"Everybody was seeing each other.''

Veterans Klassen, Doug Groenendijk and Bennett King-Nyberg were so in synch they made it look easy.

"All three of them were so fluid and playing together,'' said Padjen.

Groenendijk achieved a triple-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Nick Kapteyn chipped in with 14 points.

No. 1-ranked St. Patrick's then handed DCS a 67-51 defeat Saturday.

"We didn't have our best game,'' said Padjen. "It was nine in the morning. I was hoping we could play two real good games in a row. Our defence was actually really good that game.''

Groenendijk was player of the game for DCS with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Klassen collected 16 points and 11 rebounds while Kapteyn added 14 points and 15 rebounds.

The third-place game with Unity Christian, ranked No. 9, brought a 72-67 win, as Groenendijk recorded a triple-double with 24 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.

Klassen's double-double consisted of 23 points and 14 rebounds, along with three blocked shots, and Kapteyn's efforts yielded 15 points.

Jon Climie stepped into a huge playmaking role and was player of the game with six points and six defensive rebounds.

"We didn't quite peak in this tournament, which is good,'' said Padjen. "We want to get on the mountain at provincials.''

The Chargers are back on the Lower Mainland for another tournament at St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary in Abbotsford this weekend.

"It's super important for us to win those games this weekend, too,'' said Padjen.

DCS also played a game Monday night against Edward Milne and coasted to a 75-49 win.

All players for the Chargers scored, led by Klassen's 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Groenendijk had 16 points, Kapteyn collected 14 points and a dozen rebounds, Alan Park got into the act with seven points, Chaz Milne scored six, King-Nyberg connected for four points and nine rebounds and Climie and Johnny Caron each contributed a basket.

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