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Chill Basketball teams see impressive results at BC Basketball Festival Tournament

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
June 20th, 2023

The Kootenay Chill Basketball achieved some impressive results at the BC Basketball Festival Tournament this past weekend at the Events Centre in Langley.

The Kootenay Chill Spring Basketball program sent three teams — U13, U14 and U16 — to the BC Basketball Festival Tournament, hosting by the Vancouver Bandits professional team.

U13 West Kootenay Chill 

The West Kootenay U13 squad finished with a 1-3 record at the tournament that hosted teams from throughout the province.

The West Kootenay U13 opened the tournament Friday with a heartbreaking 58-57 loss to BC Bounce White of Abbotsford.

The team was paced by Theron Jones and captain Kaiden Gower, who both powered Chill to an amazing comeback, only to fall short in the final seconds.

Saturday, Dime Valley of Comox edged the Chill 45-42.

The Chill trailed by 11 points with two minutes remaining and outscored Dime Valley 8-0 with 20 seconds remaining in the contest.

Jones had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but his three-point attempted rimmed out.

Later in the day, the Chill lost 56-40 to the Lake City of Penticton.

Lake City lost in the final by one point.

Sunday West Kootenay Chill U13 won its lone game of the tournament in convincing fashion, blasting BC Bounce of Chilliwack 44-23

U14 West Kootenay Chill 

The West Kootenay Chill U14 finished the tournament with a 2-2 record.

The West Kootenay Chill U14 defeated Elevate of Surrey 41-38 Saturday before dropping a 55-40 decision to Victus Vanguard of Kelowna.

Sunday, Empower of Vancouver doubled the Chill 44-21 before the West Kootenay squad was able to edge Junior Coyotes of Okanagan College in Kelowna 52-49

U16 Kootenay Chill 

The Kootenay Chill U16 finished the BC Basketball Festival Tournament with an impressive 3-1 record, sufferings its only loss to the eventual U16 Bronze tournament champions.

U16 Kootenay Chill opened with a 64-49 victory over Moody Blues of Port Moody Friday.

Dynamite Red of Vancouver defeated Kootenay Chill U16 49-33 Saturday.

Kootenay Chill U16 then defeated BC Hoops B of Surrey 60-45 and South Delta 60-42 to conclude the tournament with two straight wins.

The Kootenay Chill is a spring basketball club based in Nelson that plays tournaments mostly in the Okanagan and Kootenay regions. The team has players from throughout the West Kootenay region.

The U14 West Kootenay Chill include, from left, coach Django Radonich-Camp, Reed Mitchel, Oliver Ludwar, Cassius Radonich-Camp, Mason Anderson, Seth Kilpatrick, Elijah Marcum, Jaxon Slomba, Theo Rochette and coach Paul Naka. Missing, Cooper Anast. — Submitted photo

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