Bballnationals Day 2: Round 2

Updated: Aug 10, 2018


1:45pm Games


ASB vs BC 250

ASB and the Jr. Coyotes (BC 250) both were set to battle it out at the North Court in a game that despite a shaky start for the Coyotes, would prove to be a close one throughout.


ASB hit the scoreboard early and D’d up the Coyotes impeccably in the first chunk of the half, going up 22-14 at their highest peak. However, the Jr. Coyotes showed us their teeth and brought the game to within just 6 points.


After the first 16 minutes, ASB led 24-18.


In what can only be described as an epic fight for the W, both teams fought extremely hard to be crowned victorious. While ASB came out strong in the first, the Jr. Coyotes dominated the second half and even took the lead near the end of the game.


ASB hit back harder, though. This nail-biting game came to end with ASB on top. The final score: 43-42.


# 4 Acacia Kubanay took Player of the Game honours for ASB for the second time in a row.


“I have to give it to my team,” she said. “We had amazing teamwork and we played our game.”


Kubanay had 9 points for her team.

Vic-City Swish vs VK Basketball U13

In their second matchup of the day, both Vic-City Swish and VK U13 were hoping to keep a perfect record on Day 2 of bballnationals.


VK came out strong in the first, taking a tremendous 36-16 lead before the last half of the game.


The VK girls continued to dominate on the court, putting up another 20 points in the second and eventually defeating Vic-City Swish 56-37.


Marina Radocaj scored a monstrous 18 points for VK, while Vic’s Ella Descoteau put up 13.


Big Country Basketball vs VK Basketball U12

The VK squad were the first to put up points, going on a 5-0 run before Big Country followed with a 4-0 run of their own.


At the midway point, VK us just what this program is all about by taking the ball to hoop and shutting it down on D, holding their Big Country to just 4 points to their 11. After a much-needed pep talk from Coach Pam, BCB went up another 2, to bring the deficit to within 4 points.


Both squads kicked up the tempo to put up points, but it was Big Country that woke up and took the lead with just two minutes remaining. Heading into the second, the teams were tied at 24 a piece.


The next half started off with a banger layup from Big Country, putting them in the lead for the second time in the game. They went on a 4-0 run before VK’s Louise Dykstra dropped in a splashy 3. Despite the efforts by the team, Big Country had their number and took a 13-point lead after going on a 11-0 run.


VK’s Avery Sussex broke the run by coming into the paint like a wrecking ball and finally connecting with the hoop. Unfortunately, she fouled out which seemed to teeter their momentum.


After a grueling game filled with endless foul calls, Big Country Basketball defeated VK by a final score of 49-40.


Big Country’s # 11 Lily Vrugteman took POG honours.


“It’s really exciting because there’s so many other great players and for me to be recognized as Player of the Game is really nice.”


Vrugteman put up 7 points for her squad.


Capilano vs Burnaby Ballers

Although it was close early, the Burnaby Ballers continued their roll in the Open Division, winning 78-31. Playing with only five players, the Ballers showed great chemistry and seemed to even out-run Capilano at certain points of the game.


Sienna Lenz had 29 points while Georgia Swant had 19.


Big Country Athletics vs Edmonton Grads

Two evenly matched teams faced each other in the Edmonton Grads and Big Country Athletics. No team got above a ten point lead at any points, but the Grads pulled out on top 66-60.


Aphia of the Grads had 21 points, and Boulanger of Big Country had 21 as well.


Vancouver Fusion vs UFV Open

In a close game early, the Vancouver Fusion took advantage of the inexperienced UFV 64-47. UFV actually had the lead in the beginning, but the Fusion showed why they might be a tough beat in the open division.


3:00pm Games


Stormhawkes vs LSA U15

Right of draw, LSA U15 came into this game with their eyes on a win. They started the game off throwing up bucket after bucket, racking up 39 points in the first half alone.

The second half saw pivotal defensive plays and continuous points on LSA’s end of the court where they were able to score another 27 points on the half, clearly winning both sets of the game.


At the 8-minute mark, they led 60-17 over the Stormhawkes, who despite the point deficit, never quit.


In the end, LSA U15 stomped their opponents 66-25.

Coach Brian Smith had this to say following the exciting win:


“When we were running and pushing the basketball in transition, we were able to score pretty easily just by moving the basketball and turning defense into offense.”


He went on to say that playing competition from all around the country has been a definite highlight for his team throughout bballnationals so far.


BC 250 U14 vs Big Country Basketball

With these two teams coming off a heartbreaking loss this morning, the girls on both sides of the court were looking to clutch up and snatch their first win of the day. Big Country hit the scoreboard first, but despite their efforts throughout the entirety of the game, they lost to BC 250 U14 43-36.


# 9 Stella LaGrange dropped an incredible 18 points for her team while Big Country’s # 31 had 17.


Split Second U15 vs VK Basketball U15

With Split Second U15 coming off a big win this morning and the VK U15s having a nice little sleep in, this game looked as though it would be a close one.


However; after the first half of the first half, it began to look like a blowout.


VK went on an insane 27-0 run before Split Second could sink a single point at the foul line. But with an easy layup to follow, the SS squad’s # 18 Alexa Kusel scored the first 5 points for her team in hopes of turning the game around. VK continued to dominate and ended the first half 44-9.


The second half started off as a very defensive battle, with each team feeling the pressure. With just 9 minutes remaining, VK still kept a solid lead over Split Second by a whopping 40 points.


At the two-minute warning, VK proved to be the dominant team with a killer defense and clutch shooters, leading by 52 points with no chance of redemption for Split Second.


VK Basketball U15 destroyed their opponent with a final score of 70-18


Gabbie Francis took home POG honours and had this to say following the huge win:


“It feels pretty good, it’s nice to know because there are a lot of really good players on my team. So it’s not given; we’re all Player of the Game.”


Francis sunk 15 points for VK.


VK Carkner vs Jabog

Another game, another victory for VK as they defeated Jabog in the U15 Division. VK put on the clamps early, racing out to a 22-4 lead. Although Jabog looked threatening at points, they weren’t able to put it together consistently enough to mount a challenge for the W.


“We had a good start to the [first half]” said VK’s Cerys Merton. “We worked as a team passing the ball and we had good motion. It affected the score, which is good.”


Emily Sussex had 14 points in her team’s victory. For Jabog, Franscine Basiga had nine.


Stormers U15 vs SVIBA

The Stormers defeated SVIBA in U15 action 49-38. Although an even matchup on paper, The Stormers raced out to a 14-4 lead early and left SVIBA in the rear view mirror from that point on — they never gave up the lead during the entire course of the game.


“We played with harder defence, we never stopped giving it our all” said the Stormer’s Jaydyn Overwater. “Our shots started to fall near the end, but this was the best game of the tournament.”


The Stormers Indigo Learie had 15 points to lead her team to victory. Makenna Gardus had 12 for SVIBA.


VK Gardner vs Edmonton Grads

It was a nail-biter early, as VK held just a single point lead five minutes in. But, that didn’t last for long. VK scored 18 straight points and eventually took this one 53-25.


“We did a really good job this game of moving the ball really quickly and trying to look for the open man on our breaks” said VK’s Marah Dykstra on what led to her team’s victory.


Avery Ratcliffe had 11 points for VK, while teammate Fania Taylor had 12.


4:15pm Games


SWOOSH U16 vs SVIBA

Both coming off a loss from their 12:30 games on Day 2, SWOOSH and SVIBA were looking for some sweet redemption. Early on, SVIBA put in work to show they truly wanted to win this one.


SVIBA’s # 32 Maggie Fehr received her first POG honours of the tournament.


“[The win] feels good. We executed really well on offense and our defense was really good; we talked a lot.”


CBA U16 vs Triple Threat Black

After a rollercoaster of emotions from their previous games, both CBA and Triple Threat were looking to snag a win in what would be their final game of Day 2.


The first 5 minutes proved to be a tight situation with both teams keeping it at 7 on the scoreboard.


Little did we know that this would be the most heart-wrenching game of the day! Nail-biting, hair-pulling, all the bad habits we do when we’re anxious came out in full force. With under three minutes to go in the final half, Triple Threat hit a vital 3 to take the lead over CBA by just 2 points, making the score 52-50 in their favour.


But this intense game was not over just yet. CBA clapped right back with a sneaky layup to put them ahead 53-52. Foul trouble gave CBA a slight lead, with a bit more back-and-forth on both sides. Ultimately, CBA held on tight and just barely defeated Triple Threat by a final score of 58-53.


Coach Ron Wuotila was proud of his team for clutching up when push came to shove.


“I mean, we’re just always trying to put them in a situation where they’re under pressure like this, and so the more reps they get, the more it feels normal. And we’re getting closer to that, but you never really know what’s going to happen. But certainly we wanted to give them the right shape and they responded well.”


Calgary Storm vs VK Basketball U17

The Calgary Storm girls thundered onto the court and put up the first set of points, only to fall behind VK’s powerful U17 squad after a quick 6-0 run. Like clockwork, VK continued to ball out and take a nice 21-7 lead with 7 minutes to go in the first.


VK led 35-15 after the half.


The second trotted along much in the same fashion, with the VK girls poppin’ in shots and Calgary playing catch up. Despite their push for points, the Storm could not turn this ship around.


VK Basketball U17 defeated Calgary 65-34.

Jessica Wisotzki was named Player of the Game but credits the rest of her squad for the impressive win.


“I thought we played really well as a team; we ran the a lot, passed the ball around lots to get open shots for other people, so that was great.”


Wisotzki scored 20 points for VK.


Calgary Warriors U16 vs StormHawks

The Stormhawks and Warriors battled it out, with the StormHawks looking to bounce back from a loss against the Jr. Heat. Althought the StormHawks gave it all they had in the beginning, they just couldn’t keep up that same intensity the rest of the way.


Jr. Heat vs Triple Threat Orange

Although Triple Threat were coming off a great win in their game earlier, it did not translate over to their next contest against Jr Heat as they lost 77-23.


“I felt we did a really good job of pushing the ball and playing really good D” said the Jr Heat’s Kassidy Day. “I think we can improve on talking on defence to help everyone on the court.”


The Jr Heat’s Katrina Fink had 16 points while Aurafel Domingo had 10 for Triple Threat.


SWOOSH vs VK Basketball U16

VK put the pedal to the metal in this one, beating SWOOSH 80-16. VK scored early, late, and whenever they wanted to finish their day on a huge high note.


“We just did what we usually do” said VK’s Makenna Gardner. “Got running, pushed the ball, got it moving and got everyone on the team involved.”


Ayden Kristmanson had 16 points for VK.


5:30pm Games


Big Country Basketball vs ASB

Big Country Basketball came to play in their final game, putting up massive points in both halves of the game against ASB.


In the first, BCB led 22-8. The second followed suit, with Big Country winning the both sets of the game with over 20 points in each half.


The final: Big Country Basketball dominated 43-15 against ASB.


Nearly all of Big Country’s players stepped up their game to find the hoop in this game, as every single one of their players was able to score at least two points for the team.


VK Basketball U12 vs Edmonton Suns

Just like the rest of the VK club teams, the U12 girls came out hot today in the paint. After the first half, they led 34-8.


Try as they may, Edmonton just could not catch VK’s dominant lead in the second half. They fell to their opponent 41-13.


# 32 Kayden Fuess and # 35 Kya Thackway both scored 9 points for VK; Suns’ # 4 Erin Pagtakhan had 8.


VK Basketball U13 vs BC 250

Coming off two epic wins earlier today, the VK Basketball U13 squad was looking to keep a perfect record on the day by handing BC 250 their 3rd L for Day 2 of bballnationals.


They began with an 8-0 run on their opponents, who broke the streak with a simple layup. Much of the first went in VK’s favour with the girls ending the half with a 10-point lead over the Jr. Coyotes (28-18).


During the second half, the Jr. Coyotes hustled hard on both ends, but VK Basketball U13 claimed their third win on Day 2 with a final score of 57-34.


Player of the Game went to VK’s # 33 Quincy Hinds, who says the honour is exciting. She smiled at her teammates and credited them for the award, too.


“We did well in all aspects--pushing the ball and breaking their press was really good.”

Hinds had 13 points for VK in their final game; Coyotes’ Ravleen Chahal had 10 for her team.


Big Country Athletics vs Vancouver Fusion

The Fusion rolled to another victory in the Open Division, beating Big Country Athletics 65-26. After a 15-3 run by the Fusion, it was over from that point on.


Meg Wilson had 18 points for the Fusion.


Burnaby Ballers vs Edmonton Grads

In a rematch of the first game these two teams played, the Edmonton Grads could not erase a nine point halftime defecit and fell to the Burnaby Ballers 88-53.

The Ballers were led by Jessica Jones, who had six threes and 30 points in her team’s victory.


Capilano vs UFV Open

10 straight points from UFV carried them to a 58-43 victory over Capilano in Open Division play. Capilano only scored 14 points in the opening half.


Written by: Nick Bondi and Crystal Scuor

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