Intense battles taking shape
Only the Brentwood College girls missed out on qualifying into the Island playdowns among Brentwood and Shawnigan Lake basketball teams entered in the South Island AA playoffs.
The host Brentwood girls failed to nail down one of the top four spots to advance. They went down to defeat against Parkland, beat Edward Milne and fell to Shawnigan Lake.
Shawnigan secured a spot in the Island tournament at St. Michael’s under way now by also beating St. Margaret’s and Parkland and losing to Lambrick Park for third place.
The Brentwood boys finished third at St. Michael’s while Shawnigan had to defend its fourth position in a challenge game to make it to the Island finals at Wellington.
Brentwood trounced Esquimalt 79-54, lost a 43-34 defensive battle against St. Michael’s, beat Pacific Christian and then won a 69-52 decision over Shawnigan Lake.
Shawnigan had a tough opener, losing 62-50 to St. Michael’s, and then walloped Esquimalt 84-36, defeated Gulf Islands with a comeback effort and lost to Brentwood.
“We weren’t sharp unfortunately, maybe a bit of a layoff wasn’t so good for us,’’ said Brentwood coach Blake Gage.
He said his team did a great job defensively against St. Michael’s, but it wasn’t enough. The Pacific Christian game wasn’t easy, but the team got through it and then dispensed with rival Shawnigan.
“We struggled to shoot the ball all weekend,’’ said Gage.
Shawnigan won a challenge game at Ladysmith Monday over Ballenas to protect fourth place.
“My guys are pretty weary right now,’’ said coach Vito Pasquale. “We’ve been playing almost 10 days straight.’’
Shawnigan went against host Wellington in the Island opener. “We’re going to give it our best effort,’’ Pasquale said. “We look forward to the challenges this weekend.’’