|Charles Hays Rainmakers are rolling into the Quarter finals of provincials today,|
following a strong opening day victory over RC Palmer
(video image from Ten TV Sports)
A strong opening day game for the Charles Hays Rainmakers keeps the Senior Boys on track in this years AA Basketball provincials, after the Makers claimed a 63-49 victory over Richmond's RC Palmer Secondary on Wednesday evening.
The tandem of Liam McChesney and Kai Leighton dominated much of the play in both halves of Day number one, Leighton having an impressive first half where he won battles in the Rainmaker end, set up some nice offensive passes and contributed his own baskets to pace the Charles Hays squad.
Liam McChesney likewise had a strong game, making for some highlight reel dunks as well as strong backboard play in the Rainmaker end to deny many of the Palmer shots from reaching their intended mark.
Of note on the night was the game long battle between McChesney and Palmer's Andrew Reddy as the big men battled it out through the game.
Reddy's offensive play helped to pull the Palmer team close to the Maker's on a couple of occasions, however strong defensive play from all five Rainmakers on the court shut down any thoughts of a comeback, with the Makers never surrendering a lead once in the game.
The breakdown of the game highlights how the Makers held the lead in all four quarters
16-10, 30-19 the marks before the half time break
While 43-32 was the score at three quarter time
A strong Rainmaker surge in the final quarter providing for the final account on the day of 63-49
Such the play of the Charles Hays Liam McChesney that he was named Player of the Game after the final whistle of the icebreaker for both teams, though strong consideration could also have put Leighton in the MVP spot, such was his domination on the day with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
Also mentioned frequently by the play by play team covering the match was Daniel Brown who played strong off the boards for much of the game.
The night was a full team effort, with the Rainmakers distributing the ball well, running down the clock with extended possessions and taking advantage of the open lanes whenever they were presented.
The Rainmakers are back on the court this afternoon in Quarter Final action
With Charles Hays moving forward in the Championship bracket of the AA tourney, with North Vancouver's Seycove the opposition looking to deny Charles Hays a shot at the Semi Finals on Friday.
Tip off for today's game once again is at 5:15
You can watch today's action through the Pay Per View service in place for the Tournament, those who purchase the tournament package over the single game option can also gain access to the archive page which will feature all games that the Rainmakers have played.
Access for that online viewing option is available here.
Other Northwest teams at Provincials were on the court as well Wednesday.
In AAA ball, Caledonia had a rough time of it taking a 77 to 47 loss against the number one seed Byrne Creek. The loss shifts the Terrace school's focus to the consolation round with another game on the schedule for today.
Smithers Bulkley Valley Christian kept their championship hopes alive on the first day of play, defeating St. Andrew's by a score of 99 to 34.
The Bulkley Valley Squad moves into the Quarter finals today.
You can find more background notes on the Provincials from our archive page here.
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