Bballnationals Day 3: Round 1 and Playoffs

Updated: Aug 10, 2018

9:00am Games

Jabogs vs Edmonton Grads

It’s always humbling to watch two teams play with devotion and heart--and that’s exactly what the Jabogs and Grads did this morning.

The first half teetered in Jabogs’ favour with the team leading 16-12.

In the final 16, the Grads made a run for points and took the lead slightly after a 8-0 run. With both teams clawing on defense, points were hard to come by until the final five minutes of play.

Jabog kicked it up a notch and took the lead just in time to claim their first win of the day with a final score of 53-41.

Coach Elvis Balic had this to say about the comeback:

“We started attacking, forcing them to foul a little bit and started making some shots. We stayed under control when they started pressing us in the second half, and it was good. Nice little early win.”

Winnipeg Wolves vs VK Gardner

VK Gardner hit the board early with points and took a dominant lead over the Winnipeg Wolves for the duration of the first half. They led 42-8 heading into the second.

The second half saw the Gardner squad climb in points, leading by a steady 50 points + for the duration of the game. VK won their first game of Day 3 with a final score of 78-22 over the Wolves.

Coach Danie Gardner was happy with the dominant win, but has her sights on their final game of the day against Jabogs at 1pm.

VK Carkner vs Stormers U15

VK Carkner came out strong in the first half, keeping at least a 5-point lead between their opponents, the Stormers U15.

Despite the Stormers persistence on defense, VK showed off their ball movement skills early on. They went on a 14-0 run and led 38-12 at the end of the first half.

Consistency is key and VK is living proof. The girls continued to play well on D, move the ball well, and find the hoop on most possessions. In the end, VK Carkner defeated the Stormers U15 74-28.

VK’s # 20 Hannah Rao was named Player of the Game, an exciting feat considering it’s her birthday today, too.

“It feels amazing to know that I was playing well. We did a great job passing between players.”

Rao played a vital role in ball movement for her team to kick off Day 3 of the tournament.

LSA U15 vs VK U15

VK blazed out to a 35-18 first half lead. In the second half though, both teams were very close, with LSA putting down the clamps defensively and getting some nice stops. It wasn’t enough to turn the tide however, and the final score was 67-28.

“I think we did a really good job of moving the ball around on offence and taking good shots” said Nadeen Wu of VK. “That set up some good shots.”

Grace Elliot had 21 points for VK.

Edmonton Grads vs Split Second U15

The Suns couldn’t erase a 20 point halftime lead, as they fell to Split Second 44-23. A 12-2 run for Split Second effectively iced this one in the first half.

“A 20 point victory, can’t help but feel good about that” said Split Second’s Makenna Rutledge.

Alexa Kusel had 11 points for Split Second.

Stormhawks vs BC 250 U14

It was 37-13 250 at halftime and it just ballooned from there. 250 played a style of stifling defence that the Stormhawks didn’t have an answer for. The final score was 57-23 for BC 250.

Stella LaGrange and Lily Lee both had 11 points for 250.

10:20am Games

StormHawks vs VK Basketball U16

Not sure what the VK girls had for breakfast, but whatever it was completely fired them up this morning! They began the first half with an astonishing 19-0 before the StormHawks could drop a bucket. Pair that with impeccable defense and VK Basketball U16 led 39-3 after the first half.

After a grueling second half for the StormHawks, who only put up 4 points, the game came to a close with VK absolutely killing it.

The final score: 73-7.

Player of the Game Ayden Kristmanson says she’s hopeful her squad will be in the finals, possibly against the VK U17 group.