Armada Sr. Boys Basketball
LA Matheson Sr. Secondary Invitational Tournament Dec 13/14 2013 in Surrey, BC
The Armada senior boys placed 4th in the Matheson Invitation Tournament held in Surrey this past weekend.
In their opening game Friday night, they beat Princess Margaret 64-54. The Armada had another sluggish start, which has been a pattern in many of their games this season, and fell behind 11-3 midway through the first quarter. After a timeout the boys stormed back and took a 19-13 lead by the end of the first and pushed it to 32-22 by half. The Armada extended the lead to 14 in the 3rd before foul trouble allowed Princess Margaret to reach the bonus where they hit 10 of 13 free throws in the quarter to cut the Armada lead to 48-45. Connor Van Vliet took control of the 4th scoring 11 of his 16 points in last quarter. He also contributed 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks, leading the team to victory. Other notables were Luke Bradley with 12pts/10 rebs, Josh Dejong with 14 pts and Sam Moncur with 15pts/5 rebounds.
Saturday morning the Armada squared off against the eventual tournament champions, Kwantlen Park of Surrey. Sam Moncur was inserted into the starting line-up in hopes of avoiding another slow start. This proved successfully although Kwantlen led 16-14 after the 1st and 34-30 at the half. Kwantlen pushed the lead to 10 through the 3rd but the Armada fought back and where only behind by 2 at the start of the 4th. The close contest continued with the Armada taking a 1pt lead with over 2 minutes left, but unable to hit some crucial free throws allowing Kwantlen an opportunity to comeback and win 56-53. This was the best game played by the Armada this season and showed that they can compete with most teams. Van Vliet lead the team again with 14pts, followed by Bradley with 13 pts/15 rebs, and Moncur 10 pts/11 rebs.
The final game later in the day was against the host team, LA Matheson. The Armada were still deflated from their earlier loss to Kwantlen and the hard minutes played would take their toll on the boys in this game. The first half saw the lead change back and forth with the Armada taking a 34-32 advantage into locker room. The Armada were able to push it to a 10 point lead midway in the 3rd before they started to run out of gas and finish the quarter leading 53-48. Van Vliet suffered a knee strain at the start of the 4th quarter and didn’t return. The boys could only score 4 points in the final 10 minutes allowing the hosts to take control and 65-57 victory. Moncur finished with 27pts/16 rebs and was named to the tournament All-Star team. Bradley had another solid outing with 9pts/10rebs and Dejong finished with 13pts/11 rebs/5 assists.
Next action for the Armada is Tuesday, Dec 17 @ Kwalikum Senior Secondary.