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Loss to West Point Grey a learning experience

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DCS boys' basketball team coach Heidi Padjen is also an accomplished athlete herself in sports such as flag football.
— image credit: Don Bodger/file

Duncan Christian School Chargers are right in the mix of teams that will soon be challenging for the provincial single-A senior boys’ high school basketball championship.

The Chargers and most of the other top contenders were in a tournament at St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary in Abbotsford last weekend. After dropping their first game, the Chargers rallied to win two straight and finished fourth in the tough field.

DCS was ranked No. 4 and West Point Grey No. 5 in a tournament opener rematch for the two teams from the previous week’s Glenlyon Norfolk Island Showdown.

West Point Grey, formerly ranked No. 1 in the province, avenged a 77-64 defeat to DCS at Glenlyon by taking a 70-66 decision.

“They have one real good guy,’’ said Chargers’ coach Heidi Padjen. “He shot the lights out on us both games.’’

Nick Kapteyn was DCS player of the game with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Josh Klassen added 18 points and 10 assists while Doug Groenendijk managed 17 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.

West Point Grey went on to win the tournament as the other higher seeds were all toppled.

“It kind of shows us provincials this year is pretty much anyone’s game,’’ said Padjen.

“They did outplay us in that game. I hope this was our one last learning experience for this year. All we have left is playoffs. We can’t take anything for granted.’’

DCS went on to clobber Credo 75-43 and Bodwell 69-37.

“Our bench players did get some much-needed playing time,’’ said Padjen. “Everybody contributed which is nice for our last tournament before playoffs.’’

Klassen was DCS player of the game against Credo with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 13 steals. Groenendijk scored 16 points while Kapteyn contributed 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Bennett King-Nyberg took player of the game honours against Bodwell with his 13 points.

Klassen continued his top form with 19 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. Kapteyn put 16 points on the board and added 11 rebounds while Groenendijk’s contribution included 11 points and 10 rebounds.

DCS has a home game, a rarity this season, against Edward Milne Monday night. The Chargers then go into the island tournament they’re hosting at DCS Friday and Saturday as the No. 1-ranked team.

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