By Bruce Fuhr,
The Nelson Daily Sports
After three weeks of the High School Boy’s Basketball season the L.V. Rogers Bombers have won a tournament, finished second and now have placed third.
The Bombers dumped the Brooks Bison 62-40 to capture the consolation title at the Mount Baker Wild Christmas Classic Tournament Saturday in Cranbrook.
“This was a 22-point win but it didn’t seem like it . . . the boys were fighting the ball all weekend,” said Bomber coach Blair D’Andrea. “Our passes weren’t clicking. We seemed to be out of synch. But they played outstanding defence through the whole tournament, especially in this last game.”
LVR held period leads of 14-8 and 29-22 before breaking the game open with a 22-point third quarter. Clay Rickaby led the way for the Bombers offensively with 18 points. Two-guard John Zak had 15 while Grade 11 center Adam Grace had 13 points.
“Player of the game went to John Zak who showed some leadership,” D’Andrea explained. “He showed us some step-and-a-half moves from the middle. John was slashing to the hoop instead of just shooting three-pointers.”
The Bombers opened the tournament against a 4A school from Lethbridge, Catholic Central Cougars. And it wasn’t pretty as the Alberta power drubbed the Bombers 87-41.
Jason D’Andrea led the anemic LVR attack with 10 points while Rickaby had seven and Zak eight.
LVR finished second in the pool by defeating Selkirk Storm of Kimberley 81-58. The Bombers struggled out of the gates, trailing 15-13 before taking a 57-55 lead at the half.
In the third LVR blew the game open en route to the victory.
“We didn’t play that well . . . on the whole Bombers teams haven’t played that well in that (Mount Baker) gym,” D'Andrea confessed.
Rickaby and Zak led the way, scoring 22 and 21 points, respectively. Jason D’Andrea had 18 while Jesse Zak and Adam Grace turned in strong games offensively for LVR.
LVR is now 7-2 on the season. The team is idle for the Christmas break. The only action is the Alumni Tournament December 26 at the Hangar.