Monday, February 29, 2016

CHSS Junior Boys find improvement through the weekend, but consolation round is their destination

The Charles Hays Junior Boys launched their quest for a Provincial Banner on Saturday with a tourney opening match up with Steveston-London.

Two teams that tournament organizers declared close in ranking, with the edge delivered to the Rainmakers heading into the tournament listed at fifteenth spot prior to tip off.

However the Lower Mainland squad took on that challenge of being the under dog at full speed, dealing the Rainmakers hopes a quick blow, taking the ice breaker to the tournament by a score of 66 to 43.

The loss moved the Rainmakers over to the consolation round at the tournament and to their credit, the Rainmakers bounced back from that early disappointment to put in two strong efforts in weekend play through Saturday night and Sunday.

in the second of two games on Saturday the Rainmakers kept things close with St. Thomas More, at times threatening to take the flow of play away from the Vancouver team. By the final whistle however, the Knights had pushed back the Rainmaker threat, claiming victory in the Day one night cap by a score of 40 to 30.

Sunday provided for the most entertaining match up of the tournament so far for Charles Hays, a back and forth game that saw both teams trade off leads through all four quarters. In the end, it came down to the very last play of the game, with the Rainmakers on the foul line looking to extend the game into overtime.

However the final shot of the game deflected just off the backboard and rim, skimming over the basket leaving the Kelowna squad with a 51 to 50 victory in a thriller of game, leaving Charles Hays still looking for their first win of the tournament.

The opportunity to crack the win side of the ledger comes up tonight at 7:30 when the Rainmakers take on DP Todd out of Prince George in an all Northern BC showdown.

More notes on the Rainmakers journey can be found from the CHSS Twitter feed.

Our Scoreboard from Provincials can be followed here.

For further background on Charles Hays sports see our archive page here.

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