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Squeeze play is made by Cowichan’s Jeevan Sall to get closer to the basket against the defence of Shawnigan Lake School’s John Mitchell in the junior boys’ Mid-Island championship game Saturday. Cowichan led 29-10 at the half, 47-15 at the end of the third and won 59-23.  - Andrew Leong
Squeeze play is made by Cowichan’s Jeevan Sall to get closer to the basket against the defence of Shawnigan Lake School’s John Mitchell in the junior boys’ Mid-Island championship game Saturday. Cowichan led 29-10 at the half, 47-15 at the end of the third and won 59-23.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

As expected, Cowichan Secondary’s Junior T-Birds breezed through the Mid-Island junior boys’ basketball playoffs and will represent the zone in the Island tournament.

Cowichan received a first-round bye Friday for winning the league and methodically beat Mount Prevost 77-35 and Shawnigan Lake School 59-23 Saturday to take the championship.

Cowichan’s overall record is 23-2 on the season and the Junior T-Birds have now won their last three tournaments, including their own Thunderbird Classic and the North Shore Junior Invitational.

In the Mid-Island final, Josh Charles led Cowichan with 31 points.

Charles played against his brother Noah, who’s on the Mount Prevost team, in the previous game. Noah put on a great show with 31 points and Humza Khan added 21, as Prevost reached the semifinal against Cowichan with a 66-61 victory over Gulf Islands in the Friday quarterfinals.

Brentwood College beat Chemainus and Shawnigan Lake topped Quamichan in the other quarterfinal games.

Shawnigan pulled off a bit of an upset by trouncing Brentwood 51-38 in the semifinals.

Brentwood coach Liam Sullivan termed it a “very disappointing end to a generally good year for us at Brentwood.

“We were beat by a very hot-shooting team. We did not handle their post player very well and did not take advantage of opportunities to finish shots in transition.

“Junior basketball can be a crap shoot and sometimes the boys are not able to come up with the performance they need to at the crucial moment.’’

Sullivan still felt his boys played their hearts out but it wasn’t enough to reach the final against Cowichan.

Brentwood went 20-5 on the season with two tournament victories.

“I told  them at the end of the game that we are trying to develop players that have a love for the game and want to continue to improve as they progress through the school,’’ noted Sullivan.

Cowichan heads right into the Island championship at Vanier starting Thursday.

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