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Cats take Bombers to the limit

John Zak of the Bombers challenges Sentinel guard Steven Hernandez during Tuesday's High School Boy's Basketball game at the Mount Sentinel gymnasium. — Bruce Fuhr photo

By The Nelson Daily Sports

On paper, the L.V. Rogers Bombers should have no trouble dealing with the Mount Sentinel Wildcats.

But that’s only on paper.

Tuesday, at the South Slocan-based school gymnasium, the Cats gave the Bombers everything they could handle during a 75-62 loss to LVR in West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball action.

LVR, coming off a lacklustre performance during the final game of the Fulton Maroons tournament Saturday in Vernon, continued to struggle early against the Wildcats.

Paced by the all-around play from senior Steven Hernandez and Grade 11 forward Zach Grigg, the Wildcats took the early lead in the game.

John Zak keyed the Bomber comeback to help the visitors to a 14-13 first quarter advantage.

LVR increased the margin to 32-25 at recess.

The Cats kept pace with the Bombers in the second half and trailed by only six points with 150 seconds left in the game.

However, the hosts could not overcome the deficit before falling to the Bombers.

Zak led the Bombers with 26 points while Clay Rickaby added 16.
Replying for Mount Sentinel was Grigg with 22 points and Hernandez with 17.

The Bombers return to action Thursday when the club hosts rival J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail at the Hangar.

The Senior Girl’s tip off the two-game night at 5 p.m. with the boy’s tilt to follow at 6:30 p.m.