Bballnationals Day 1: Round 2

Updated: Aug 10, 2018

3:45pm Games

Capilano vs Edmonton Grads

In the start of the 2nd round, Capilano and the Edmonton Grads faced off on Centre Court. Capilano was playing its first game of the day while the Grads were looking to bounce back after a tough loss to the Fusion in round one. In the end, the Albertans came out on top 66-44.

Edmonton pushed the pace from the outside, striking early and often to put Capilano back on it’s heels. Capilano managed to get some good perimeter shooting, but it didn’t come consistently enough for it to make a huge impact on the outcome.

“I thought the girls might get down after a horrible loss in the first game” said Edmonton Grads head coach Gerald Bleau. “Came back and we started making the baskets that we didn’t make in the first game. Got the confidence going and pulled it out.”

Aphia Ward of the Grads had 21 points in her victory. Both teams play bright and early tomorrow at 10:00 am.

Vancouver Fusion vs Burnaby Ballers

The Ballers, after a good victory over UFV, couldn’t quite make it two in a row over the Vancouver Fusion, losing 61-58.

It was even more impressive considering the age difference between the two teams. The Ballers are made up mostly of college freshman, while the Fusion were much older.

Jessica Jones had 19 points for the Ballers, while Rachel Fradgley had 18 for the Fusion.

UFV Open vs Big Country Athletics

Big Country were playing in their first game of the day but they didn’t seem to show it. They played it tight against UFV Open, but lost 63-58.

Big Country play the Ballers tomorrow, while UFV plays the Edmonton Grads fresh off their first win of the tournament.

Edmonton Suns vs VK Basketball U13

In their second game of the day, VK Basketball U13 took an early lead on their opponent, the Edmonton Suns, scoring an insane 39 points to their 6 in the first half.

The next half saw much of the same domination, with VK winning the half yet again. They claimed their second win of the day with a final score of 53-14.

# 21 Marina Radocaj led with 11 points, while # 5 Tia Rowell and # 14 Alexis Hart each scored 8 for their team.

Both teams come back to the LEC tomorrow for Day 2 matchups.

ASB vs VK Basketball U12

In their second matchup of the day, both teams hit the court with one goal: to win. Coming off a loss in their first game, each club played with a whole lot of heart on the floor. ASB took the lead in the first half 18-8, but VK wasn’t ready to take an L just yet.

The next half was fast-paced and action-packed, boosting the VK U12s up on the scoreboard. They eventually took the lead for the first time all game.

With just five minutes to go, VK led 29-27.

However, the battle was not over. ASB called a time out that seemed to wake up their players. The team’s D shut down VK’s next ball possession and hit their next layup to tie the game at 29 a piece.

Both teams hit vital 3s to bring the score to 32. With a foul shot and another layup, VK took the lead 35-32 with under a minute to go.

Though both sides gave it everything they had, the VK U12s came out on top with a final score of 37-32 over ASB.

The two teams return to play their next round of games on Day 2.

Vic-City Swish vs Big Country Basketball

Big Country Basketball came out very strong in the first half compared to Vic-City Swish, leading the scoreboard 26-13.

It seemed as though the squad from Victoria could make a comeback in the second, though. They put up 23 points and came within just 8 points of Big Country.

Big Country Basketball ultimately claimed their second win of the day with a final score of 44-36 over Vic-City Swish.

Catch both teams back on the courts for Day 2!

5:00pm Games

Edmonton Suns vs Big Country

It was wire to wire, and it was the first overtime game of bballnationals. The result was an Edmonton Suns victory that seemed improbable late but ended up coming true.

The Suns were down by five late. But, they managed to tie it up literally as the final buzzer sounded. From there, they controlled the overtime period and ended up winning 49-45.

“I think we just had confidence in ourselves and each other” said Player of the Game Tanissa Murason-Correia from the Edmonton Suns. “We really trusted each other [on the court.]

Both teams finish day one of the tournament 1-1. Their day two starts tomorrow at 11:15 am.

Stormhawkes vs VK U15

No doubt about this one, as the VK U15 team easily won 77-10 over the Stormhawkes. It was hard to tell which was more impressive — the points VK put up on the board, or the ones they did not allow their opponents to score.

“We played in the States and got killed, so that gets you ready” said VK U15 coach Paul Langford. “When you come back to Canada, you’re not use to the reffing, and there isn’t as much physicality. We got beat up real bad in the States so this is kind of like a breath of fresh air.”

Grace Elliot had 22 points for VK. The Stormhawkes play tomorrow against the Edmonton Suns at 11:15, while VK gets a late start time at 3:00 pm.

BC 250 U14 vs Split Second U15

The Okanagan vs the Lower Mainland. It’s a classic battle in BC amateur sports, and in this rendition the Okaganan came out on top. BC 250 defeated Split Second in the final game of the day for both teams.

The early 250 press seemed to confuse Split Second, as they were constantly turning the ball over. It was a defensive effort throughout, and both teams battled for the entire contest.

“We came out really strong and we played solid defence in the first [half] said Player of the Game Elana Corrado from BC 250. “Kept them quiet and we just took our chances.”

Both teams start their day tomorrow at 11:15 am.

Winnipeg Wolves vs SVIBA

In the first half, the Winnipeg Wolves showed us their teeth and grit on the floor by making a run on the scoreboard and leading their opponent by 13-9 early on. Wolves # 5 Annika Goodbrandson led with 9 points.

SVIBA decided to bite back, though. They pressured Winnipeg on both ends and eventually took the lead 19-15 heading into the second half. South Van's # 32 led the first half with 10 points for her team.

The second half boasted more of a comeback for SVIBA, who won their first game of the tournament with a score of 45-29 over the Winnipeg Wolves.

Both teams are back in action at 7:30pm!

VK Carkner vs Edmonton Grads

VK’s # 43 Emily Sussex opened up the scoring with a beauty layup, followed by two points at the foul line to give her team a 4-point lead early on.

The Edmonton Grads hit back with 3 points of their own, proving early on that both these teams came to play with purpose in their second matchup of Day 1 at Bballnationals.

VK continued to pressure the Grads and hold them to far less points than their own, going up a whopping 22 at the end of the first.

They led 39-17 heading into the second.

In the next half, VK Carkner did not stop putting up points. In fact, they ended off the game with a monstrous 81-42 win over the Edmonton Grads.

Coach Mike Carkner had this to say after the game:

“It’s been good. The kids have been really energetic and they played really well as a team. We've had lots of good ball movement and our speeds been great. It's been fun."

Catch them at 7:30pm when they take on VK Gardner—the other half of VK’s U14 squad.

Stormers U15 vs VK Gardner

With VK Gardner coming in for their first game of the tournament and the Stormers U15 hoping to get their first win, this game was bound to have some highs and lows on both sides of the court.

VK showed their strength early in the first sinking most of their possessions. # 8 Brooke Kenal led her team with 7 points.

Heading into the second, VK Gardner was up 27-19.

Throughout the duration of the game, the Stormers kept clawing at their competition, inching closer on the scoreboard. But with each bounce and pass, the VK girls continued to keep their lead by at least 10 points at any given moment.