VK Basketball RED performed all weekend and took home gold, the national title for the U13 age group, defeating BC250 53-31.
In the championship game VK played tough man to man defense, which they used to pick off passes and cut BC250’s time with the ball short. They played a strong transition game, using their speed to take advantage of fast break opportunities.
BC250 stepped up their game in the second half, scoring three times more than they did in the first. They stayed composed with the ball, which provided them with better-shot opportunities. The team ran a full court press, which was effective at slowing VK down, preventing them from scoring off transition.
“I think they moved the ball really well, which is what we’ve been talking about a lot,” VK, Head Coach, Jessica Wallace said of her team’s performance in the final, “in the last game all the pieces seemed to come together, which was exciting to see.”
VK player number three, Sydney Bradshaw, was awarded tournament MVP for her consistent hard work on the floor, “there were so many other great players here, so for me to win it, it’s a really great feeling,” she said of the competition.
“Sydney is a great player and she works so hard, and I don’t think we would have been able to do some of the things that we did without her,” Wallace said of her athlete, “I’m really happy that she got that recognition because she played really hard.”
The VK team, from B.C, has been working hard in practice, leading up to the four day tournament, “it’s just a great feeling,” Bradshaw said of the win, “we’ve putting all our effort into this so it’s a great feeling to have it pay off.”
Both teams are looking forward to a well-deserved break after a lot of hard work, and high intensity basketball.
Written By: Sarah Reid