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Jr. T-Birds blow away opponents

Surrounded by Gulf Islanders, Zach Waddington of Cowichan’s junior T-Birds gets that sinking feeling with no clear path for a shot against Tristan Cook (13). It didn’t matter much, as Cowichan led 41-9 at the half and won handily 77-16. - Andrew Leong
Surrounded by Gulf Islanders, Zach Waddington of Cowichan’s junior T-Birds gets that sinking feeling with no clear path for a shot against Tristan Cook (13). It didn’t matter much, as Cowichan led 41-9 at the half and won handily 77-16.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Cowichan’s Junior Thunderbirds are winning by large margins early in the basketball season.

The Junior T-Birds were at the Victoria Tipoff boys’ tournament and romped to the title by outscoring Lambrick Park 60-36 in the final.

“It is unusual to win in a final by 24 points,’’ noted co-coach Lucky Walia. “The cause for the scores is probably a combination of us playing well and our opponents not quite finding their footing just yet.’’

Humza Khan led the scoring with 30 points and Connor Hayer added 22, as Cowichan ran away with the game.

Cowichan was held to 39 points in the semifinal but gave up a meagre 24 in crushing Ballenas. Hayer and Khan were the top scorers with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The quarterfinal opening game brought a 62-28 rout for Cowichan over Vanier. Double-digit scoring consisted of 17 points from Khan, 16 from Hayer and another 14 from Noah Charles.

The Junior T-Birds played an exhibition game Thursday at Cowichan Secondary School that preceded the tournament and throttled Gulf Islands 77-16. Charles was the top scorer with 18 points and Hayer added 11.

“We have an opportunity to be a strong team, however, the operative word is team,’’ Walia pointed out. “If we can get all the parties pulling in the same direction, continue working hard, understand that these results are a snapshot of where we are right now — not necessarily where we will be later on — and get some luck along the way, this group will continue to have some good results.

“Their work ethic and commitment to this point has been strong. All the guys have made things happen.’’

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