Cowichan favoured in Mid-Island
Cowichan Junior T-Birds will be the team to beat during the Mid-Island junior boys’ basketball tournament.
Cowichan finished league play with a perfect 7-0 record after defeating Chemainus 64-28 last Thursday.
Corwin Trent stepped up to lead the offense with 22 points. Jeevan Sall and Callan Rakimov each had 10 while Derek New contributed seven and made some nifty assists.
Exhibition play at Mount Douglas brought a 51-41 victory for Cowichan.
Josh Charles accounted for more than half of the Cowichan total with 30 points.
Cowichan built a 20-point lead at one stretch, 47-27, with a 21-5 run that stretched from the last 1:18 of the second quarter to the start of the fourth quarter.
Mid-Island teams go into battle beginning Friday at Mount Prevost School.
Cowichan advances immediately to the second round, with Brentwood B, the last place team in the Mid-Island league at 0-7, not participating.
Gulf Islands (4-3) faces Mount Prevost (3-4) at 3:15 p.m. in the first game. Brentwood A (6-1) then takes on Chemainus (1-6) at 4:45 p.m. and Shawnigan Lake School (5-2) plays Quamichan (2-5) at 6:15 p.m.
The second round will be at Cowichan Secondary School Saturday. Cowichan plays the winner of the Gulf Islands-Prevost game at 10 a.m. and the winners of the other two games meet in a semifinal at 11:30.
The final is at 4 p.m. The winner qualifies for the island tournament at Vanier Feb. 21 to 23.