Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Busy weekend for Rainmakers, both home and away
It was a hectic weekend of high tempo basketball and bit of travel for three of the four Charles Hays Rainmakers squads, with the Senior Boys, Senior Girls and Junior Girls all on the road at various tournaments and play days.
For the Senior Boys it was second place finish in a high profile Victoria area tournament as the Rainmakers were edged out of a top place finish by the host Belmont squad at the Rich Goulet Honourary Tournament.
The path to the Finals saw the Rainmakers knock down John Barsby 92 to 72 in the tournament opener, the Boys then claimed a spot in the final with a Friday evening 85 to 61 victory over Cowichan Valley.
The Saturday finale, found the host Belmont team take the tournament championship with a 79 to 62 victory over their North Coast visitors.
The weekend provided a good test for the Rainmakers as they measured up their play with the highly regarded Belmont squad.
Prior to taking part in the Victoria tournament, the Rainmakers and Nanaimo District Secondary School met up in a exhibition game with the Rainmakers claiming an 88-65 victory over the team coached by former Rainmaker Jacob Thom.
The Senior Girls were in Terrace on Saturday for a set of games at Caledonia, in the morning game the Rainmakers topped Bulkley Valley Christian 58-27.
However Smithers Secondary gained a measure of revenge for their region in the afternoon match up as the Gryphons pulled away from the Rainmakers with a final score of 51-44.
In Prince George the Junior Girls snared a Third Place finish in the two day tournament, the Rainmakers wrapped up their final game of the weekend with a 68-57 victory over Prince George Secondary, with Payton Henry named player of the game.
Back in Prince Rupert it was two days of high tempo Junior Boys Basketball as the Rainmakers hosted the annual Coastal Clash.
Teams from Smithers, Kitimat and the Prince Rupert Middle School worked their way through the Friday and Saturday schedule leading up towards the 4 PM finale which saw the Junior Raninmakers take on a composite squad to bring the weekend to an end.
The Rainmakers wrapped up the event with a close fought battle with the combined squad coming up on the short end of a 54-53 final score, that after Second Place Smithers departed early from the tournament to keep to their travel plans.
The weekend scores for the Clash were as follows;
The tournament Ice Breaker game saw the Prince Rupert Middle School team taking on the Junior Boys Blue squad, with the Rainmakers holding off the strong play of the Storm to take the opening victory of the weekend by a score of 50 to 32.
Smithers Secondary and the Junior Boys had their first showdown of the weekend on Friday evening with the Junior Boys finding their range early on the way to an 84 to 36 victory
Mount Elizabeth had their first of two match ups with the CHSS Junior Boys, with the Charles Hays Blue Team taking the opener 64 to 23.
The Prince Rupert Middle School Storm put up a strong challenge for the Smithers squad, but the Bulkley Valley team prevailed to claim a 78 to 69 victory.
The Junior Rainmakers scored often in their match up with Kitimat's Mount Elizabeth, taking an early lead and never looking back in Saturday's first action of the day.
Junior Rainmakers Blue Squad 54 topped Smithers Secondary 54-47
Junior Rainmakers Blue Squad also had over Mount Elizabeth 54-17 in a Saturday afternoon match.
To bring the tournament to an end, the Junior Rainmakers were edged by the combined squad 54-53
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