GISS team off to strong start

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The Gulf Islands Secondary senior boys basketball team is off to a hot start this season, beating Chemainus for the second consecutive time in a Monday night game.

The score was 72-27.

“They’re a young team, so they’re going to learn from trial and error, but they work hard and they’re a really nice group of kids,” said coach Myles Wilson. “They’ll leave it all on the floor, there’s no doubt about it,” Wilson said.

GISS plays against Chemainus at the beginning of the season each year. The first game was last week, where the Scorpions beat Chemainus 68-22.

“It’s a good start for the kids,” Wilson said. It allows everyone to get playing time for sure.”

Newcomer Matty Shure was the game’s top scorer, netting 18 points for the Scorpions.  Three other players scored into double digits as well. Another Grade 10 player, Owen Collombin, played a physical game, Wilson said, which bodes well for future matches this season. Nick Van Bakel and Gabe Harrison also played solid games on Monday, Wilson said.

“We’ve only got four Grade 12s, and the rest are Grade 11s and 10s . . . For Grade 10s it’s usually quite a jump to senior, but they’ve adjusted really well,” Wilson said.

The coaching staff has also seen an addition, with Will Nemeth joining the group this year.

“He’s won a couple of B.C. boys championships with Brentwood College. He brings a good wealth of knowledge. He also knows the kids, which is nice,” Wilson said.

The team faces their first real challenge this weekend in an away tournament against Pacific Christian, Lambert Park and Reynolds schools. The boys will host games at GISS in the new year, playing on Jan. 8 and 15, and then hosting the annual Nairn Howe Tournament on Jan. 18-19.

“We’ve got a good coaching staff, we’ve got good kids and we have pretty strong community support, which is nice. People on Salt Spring certainly support their sports teams. Can’t say enough about the community on things like that.”

The junior boys basketball team will also host a Dec. 15 tournament.

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