For the first time in Collingwood history, the senior boys' and girls' basketball teams have combined to run a joint tournament. This meant that the teams were scheduled to play back-to-back. However, at the last minute a girls' team dropped out so the junior girls' team was pressed into action. Thus, the opening game featured the junior girls versus Crofton's senior team. If the junior team was intimidated, it did not show as they came away with an impressive overtime victory. The senior girls followed this up with a thrashing of West Van. Sadly, the boys could not make it a hat-trick of victories as they fell to Carson Graham.
The loss to Carson was very disappointing as the Cavs were poor in many ways. Their shooting percentage was incredibly low from the outside and their transition defence was almost non-existent as they constantly allowed Carson players to slip behind them for breakaway lay-ups. Despite this the Cavs were still in the game at halftime. However, the Eagles blew the game open in the 3rd quarter when the Cavs failed to record a point for the first seven minutes. Samir Damji gave the Cavs a glimmer of hope when he nailed three 3-pointers in a row, but Collingwood could not overcome the deficit. Samir Damji and Brodie Jacobs both scored 17 points to lead the Cavs.
Here is Coach McLaughlin's game report on the two girls' games:
The Girls' division of the Cav Classic started off seeing the Junior girls step up to fill a last minute drop-out. The Junior Cavs were up for the challenge of playing against senior teams and didn't back down from the competition. Crofton House Falcons came out ready to compete against the It was a close game, seeing the lead change multiple times leading up to half time. The Junior Cavs used their athleticism to put pressure on the Crofton Guards and made some steals, but some sloppy play and passes allowed Crofton to convert for enough points to have the score tied at half time.
The second half was a repeat of the first, no team lead by more than 5, and the lead switched back and forth six times. Heading down the stretch, the Junior Cavs had to make a late run to bring the score within one. After a series of free throws, the score was tied - the game headed to overtime. In overtime the Junior Cavs took charge from the tip and took the lead, but with about 2:15 left in the game, the Wolves made it interesting and brought it back within 4. However, the Jr Cavs kept their cool, and managed to seal the deal, closing out the game with a win. Muneet Gill led the way with a spectacular 32 points.
Following on the heels of the Juniors, came the marquee match of the day - the Senior Girls, with a re-match against West Van. Despite West Van getting out to a quick lead, the Lady Cavs settled into their grove and brought the lead and momentum back onto their side. The seniors worked to move the ball quickly to stretch the West Van zone, and managed to connect on some of their outside shots. However, at the start of the third, the difference maker was turning up the intensity with the implementation of their press and continuously mixing up their defenses. The Cavs found the bottom of the hoop on some inside looks and fast break layups off of the steals of Tiana Wong, Isabelle Gaglardi-Kreider, and Amanda Finnie. Going into the half, the Senior Cavs had a decent lead of 23-7. The second half began with the "TANCK" attack - and the Cavs set the pace for the first few minutes. However, they became a little complacent and allowed the Highlanders to double their score in the third frame, leading 38-16 going into the fourth.
In the fourth, all the Cavs got opportunities to leave a mark on the game - Bridget Campbell turned on the aggression, ripping in rebounds and stepping to get steals, Alexa Bossley challenged the Highlander guards to use their best ball handling skills, Savin Narwal chased down big rebounds. When the final buzzer sounded, the Cavs came away with a 42-25 win. For the third time, Tiana Wong was a few stats away from a triple double getting 9 steals, 5 assists, 11 rebounds, and 8 points. Kayleigh Garland contributed 7 points and 12 rebounds, while Isabelle Gaglardi-Kreider and Amanda Finnie netted 8 and 10 points respectively.
The second round of the tourney continues tomorrow with the Senior girls playing at 10:30 and the Junior Girls playing at 2:15.
Amanda Finnie fights through a West Van defender for two points.
Izzy Gaglardi-Kreider on the attack.
Muneet Gill exploded for 32 points in the junior girls' win over Crofton.
Duncan Bustos leads the Cavs fast-break.
Samir Damji was red-hot in the second half. Samir's three straight's 3's were the highlight of the night for the Cavs.