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LVR Junior Bombers battle back to claim Sweet 16 Tournament Consolation title

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
January 30th, 2024

The L.V. Rogers Junior Bombers received a free pass into last year’s BC High School Junior Boys Basketball Championships in Langley.

This season, the Bombers face a stiffer challenge to repeat at the Kootenay rep.

LVR tuned up for Kootenay Championships by finishing ninth overall at the Sweet 16 Tournament Saturday in Kelowna.

A tough loss to the eventual tournament champs, Pen-Hi Junior Lakers, in the opening game of the 16-team tournament proved to be the undoing for the Bombers.

Pen-Hi posted a 52-45 decision over the Bombers during Friday’s opening round games en route to the overall title at an event that attracted many of the top teams in the province.

The Bombers were able to bounce back on the consolation side of the draw, thumping Princess Margaret of Penticton 47-27.

Buoyed by the paint presence of LVR player of the game Korban Ashley, the Bombers were able to score in transition and pick a part their opponents defence throughout the entire game.

LVR continued on its quest in consolation play, blasting Okanagan Mission 60-39.

Roman van’t Land scored 13 points, controlling the game on both sides of the court while Jack Boyes continued his excellent tournament play with a calming presence that earned himself the player of the game against OKM.

In the final match-up against the J.L. Jackson Jaguars, the Bombers completed another blowout victory, wining 58 – 45. Chase Lake took home player of the game for LVR.

Pen-Hi defeated Fernie Falcons in the final by 15 points to claim the tournament.

The Falcons are the odds on favourite to represent the East Kootenay in the Kootenay Junior Boys Zone Final set for February.

Fernie is favoured in a East Kootenay Zone tournament against Mount Baker Wild of Cranbrook.

LVR receives a bye into the tournament as the West Kootenay Champ.

Bombers finish third at Winter Classic Kootenay River

The L.V. Rogers Bombers outlasted David Thompson of Invermere 62-56 to capture the consolation prize at the Winter Classic Kootenay River Saturday in Creston.

Levi Konkin, LVR’s Most Valuable Player for the tournament, paced the Bombers with 20 points.

Stephen Vissers added nine points for LVR.

Bomber center Leif Beneteau earned player of the game honours for LVR.

LVR opened the tournament with a 78-41 win over Sparwood. Beneteau scored 14 points while Vissers added nine points to lead the Bombers.

Senior foward Kelly Coull earned player of the game honours for LVR.

LVR lost to Coalhurst of Alberta 61-57 to knock the Bombers out of the tournament running.

Konkin scored 22 points for LVR while Beneteau added eight points.

Shannon McBride was Bombers player of the game.

Senior Girls 1-2 at Winter Classic Kootenay River

The L.V. Rogers Bombers finished third at the Winter Classic Kootenay River Senior Girls Basketball Tournament Saturday in Creston.
LVR opened with a tough loss to Mount Baker Wild of Cranbrook before dumping Nakusp in game two of the round robin events.
The Bombers ran out of gas in game three against the host Kootenay River side to finish the four-team tourney with a 1-2 record.
LVR travels to Castlegar Thursday to face Stanley Humphries in West Kootenay High School Girls Basketball action.
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