Chargers take next step
Duncan Christian School Chargers boys' and girls' basketball teams are heading to the provincial championships.
The DCS boys, playing on their home court, won the Island A title for the second straight year while the girls came second to host Pacific Christian.
The boys will head to Abbotsford for the provincials where they’re ranked third and the girls are making the long trek to Prince George next week.
Coach Heidi Padjen’s DCS boys made it look relatively easy in the Island playdowns, winning 125-39 over North Island and 79-42 over Glenlyon Norfolk in their two games.
“From the start of the year, we set ourselves a team goal and that’s to win provincials,’’ said Padjen. “I think we have the ability to do it.’’
Josh Klassen was player of the game against North Island with a triple-double of 37 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.
Doug Groenendijk was also on fire with 32 points and 22 rebounds while Nick Kapteyn had 26 points. All the rest of the team’s regulars got into the scoring act with 10 points from Alan Park, seven by Johnny Caron, four for Bennett King-Nyberg, three by Chaz Milne and two apiece for Jon Climie, Mike Brandsma and Adam Kapteyn.
Tournament MVP Klassen was terrific again against Glenlyon with 44 points — including seven three-pointers — plus 19 rebounds and 10 assists.
Nick Kapteyn collected 13 points and nine rebounds, Groenendijk added 10 points and nine rebounds and King-Nyberg contributed eight.
Padjen praised Glenlyon for its efforts. “They made it feel like a game,’’ she said. “They were competitive, fast-paced. They worked hard.’’
Padjen wants to work on some key areas in practice before provincials.
“Our man defence needs to be whipped into shape a bit,’’ she said.
The DCS girls beat St. Andrew’s handily in their first game at the Island tournament 50-23. Rachael Bakker led the scoring with 19 points and 18 rebounds while twin sister Olivia had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Becky Bazinet scored eight points and Lauren King-Nyberg had seven points and eight steals.
DCS lost 74-28 to powerful Pacific Christian in the final. Rachael Bakker had half of the Chargers’ point total.