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Trafalgar Thunder rock Stanley Humphries to capture WK Grade 8 Basketball Title

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
March 7th, 2017

Van Kozak, Nathaniel Pan and Matt Erickson combined for 38 points to power the Trafalgar Thunder to a convincing 56-18 decision over Stanley Humphries Rockers in the final of the West Kootenay Grade 8 Boy’s Basketball Championship Tournament Saturday in Castlegar.

The Thunder jumped to a 15-2 first quarter lead, 29-8 at recess, and never looked back.

Kozak led the Thunder with 14 points while Erickson and Pan each added 12.

Matteo Kataoka chipped in five points while Grade 7 Kelton Forte added eight.

Trafalgar entered two teams into the weekend tournament.

Based on regular season standings both teams were granted byes to the semi-finals of the six-team tournament

SHSS defeated JL Crowe for a spot against Trafalgar B in the first semifinal.

Grand Forks defeated Mt Sentinel to advance to play Trafalgar A in the second semifinal. 

The Rockers advanced to the final as Trafalgar B squad struggled on the offensive end, scoring a 46-6 victory.

Meanwhile, the other Thunder squad rolled up a 28-13-halftime lead en route to a 41-28 victory over Grand Forks Wolves.

Pan paced Trafalgar with 13 points while Erickson added 12.

Kozak and Quinn Kilpatrick each added six and five points, respectively.

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