By Ashley Shannik
Barriere Secondary School Phys. Ed Department
Barriere Secondary School’s (BSS) Jr. Boys basketball team was successful at capturing first place and the tournament championship at their very own Cougar Classic. The boys started off the tournament last Friday afternoon playing Hertiage Christian (Kelowna) in front of the entire school.
With the support of their peers, teachers, and administrators the boys cruised to a very convincing victory beating their opponent 68-48.
Leading the way for the cougars was Robert Underhill with 25 points, and Carter Rudd with 21 points.
Saturday morning Barriere was matched up with Sir Alexander Mackenzie (Bella Coola) in their semi-final. The home town boys controlled the game right from the opening tip off and never looked back. Barriere notched their place in the final with a 49-31 victory over their opponent.
Leading the way for the cougars was Carter Rudd with 16 points, and Jacob Peterson with 12 assists and six steals.
In the much anticipated final Barriere came up against a very talented Summerland squad. The first half was a nail biter with the two teams trading hoops back and forth seeing the team in a deadlock tied at 30 points each at half time.
With a strong defensive team performance led by Tristan Holt, who was matched up against the tournament leading scorer and eventual MVP, Summerland’s Landon Brickenden, and another strong offensive performance from Robert Underhill and Carter Rudd, each filling the hoop with 22 points. Barriere was able to pull away for the victory beating Summerland 61-53 for the championship.
Tournament All-stars were; Jacob Peterson (Barriere), Carter Rudd (Barriere), Isacc Mack (Sir Alexander Mackenzie), Cassidy Pascal (Penberton) and Robert Underhill (Barriere).
Tournament MVP was Landon Brickenden.
This coming weekend the BSS Jr. Girls take to the court hosting their Jr. Girls Cougar Classic, on Dec. 13 and 14.