Abrosimoff, Soukeroff spark Mount Sentinel Wildcats to Consolation Title
Aaron Abrosimoff poured in 17 points and teammate Brandon Soukeroff added 15 to lead the Mount Sentinel Wildcats to a 71-55 victory over Nakusp Cougars in the Consolation Final of the Kootenay High School A Boy’s Basketball Championships Saturday at the Mount Sentinel Gymnasium.
A 9-0 run in the fourth period sealed the deal for the Wildcats.
Braden McLean scored 23 points to lead the Cougars while Ben Gardener added added 18 points, including five three point conversions.
Sparwood defeated Fernie Falcons 73-41 to capture the zone title and a berth in the BC High School A Boy’s Basketball Championship next month in Langley.
Sparwood put 27 points in the second quarter to grab a 41-26 lead en route to the zone title.
Cale Hughes led the victors with 18 points, including a pair of baskets from downtown in the fourth period.
Austin Molley added 16 points for Sparwood.
Sparwood advanced to the final by stopping the host school 88-67 in Friday’s Semi Final round.
Fernie bounced Nakusp 89-45 in the other Semi Final contest.
Cats coach Kris Hryniw was pleased with this team’s showing against the zone champs, despite losing by double digits.
“I was so impressed with my Grade 10 point guard, Kie Miller, who really didn’t make any mistakes, and was the team’s high scorer with 17 points,” Hryniw said.
Abrosimoff with 15 points and Soukeroff with 14 also were high scorers for Mount Sentinel against Sparwood.
Hryniw said finishing third in the zone was a major accomplishment for a Cats team without any senior leadership.
“We did not have one Grade 12 player step on the court for us,” Hryniw said.
“Our team consists of 6 Grade 11 boys, 3 Grade 10 boys and even one boy who’s in Grade 9.”
“All of the younger boys stepped up and made great contributions off the bench in both games,” Hryniw added.
This tournament concludes the season for the Wildcats varsity team.
However, the Junior Wildcats travel to Castlegar this weekend to compete in the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Basketball Championships host by the Rockers at Stanley Humphries.
Top seeded Grand Forks Wolves meet Boundary Central of Midway in one Semi Final while host Stanley Humphries meets J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail in the other Semi.
The two winners meet for the West Kootenay crown Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Other teams entered include the L.V. Rogers Bombers and Salmo Falcons.