Southridge storms past LVR Bombers 88-58 at AAA Boy's Basketball Championships
The L.V. Rogers Bombers got an up close look at one of the favourites at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Championships Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre.
Hunter Hughes scored 31 points in 16 minutes to power top-ranked Southridge Storm of Surrey to an 88-58 victory in opening round action at the 16-team provincial tournament.
The Storm now meet Mark Isfeld of Courtney while the Bombers drop into the consolation round to play Duchess Park of Prince George Thursday at 10:45 a.m.
“We had an okay first quarter, kept it close and were only down five,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.
“But in the second quarter we just broke down and they out scored us 29-9 to pull away.”
“(Southridge) had a hot guard (Dominic Clayton) . . . none of our guys couldn’t cover,” Phelan added.
Leading 19-14 after one quarter, the second-quarter onslaught put the Storm up 48-23.
Southridge continued its dominance of the Kootenay reps to open a 76-37 advantage after three periods.
The 6’9” Hughes led all scorers with 31 while Dominic Clayton added 14 and Matthew Andreou had 13.
Josh Matosevic led the Bombers with 19 points while Grade 11 forward Vinnie Watson had 15 and point guard Robbie Dixon 13.
Matosevic, Watson and Dixon each had six rebounds.
LVR shot 38 percent from the field to 48 percent for Southridge.
LVR now prepares to meet Duchess Park Thursday — a team Phelan says brings a different look than Southridge.
“(Duchess Park) won the Fulton tournament in Vernon we were at . . . they have a pretty good squad with a balance of size and quickness,” Phelan explained.
“They have a couple of key players, one who plays for the UNBC Junior Wolves team and another a provincial team player so they’ll be a tough matchup for us.”