The Junior boys had their second test of the season this weekend in Tumbler Ridge. The Grizzlies started the tournament strong, with a 95-28 win over the Tumbler Ridge Kodiaks and 104-23 win over the Dawson Creek 9s. This put them in the championship showdown against their rivals, the Dawson Creek 10s.
The championship game started very slow for the Grizzlies, who found themselves down 19-46 at halftime. The Grizzlies mounted a ferocious comeback beginning at the 7th minute mark of the third quarter with tight defense led by Temmy Olajide, which shut down the Dawson team and kept them to only 4 points in the quarter. The Grizzlies finished out the 3rd quarter only 5 points down, with a score of 44-50. After losing captain Cy Bellamy to injury towards the end of the third, the team rallied behind Arjenson Zarate, Temmy Olajide, Devon Lee and Macklin Hollman. It was a battle to the last second with every possession contested but the Dawson team emerged victorious with a final score of 64-69.
Coaches note from Eugene Concepcion: It was a good learning experience for the team, everybody understood what their role and contribution to the team is. Nobody in the team believed the game was over until the final buzzer went. The players demonstrated a â€œnever say die attitudeâ€ and resiliency to fight to the end!
Up Next: The Junior Girls will be in Prince George on Friday and Saturday for their first tournament of the season and the Wrestling Team will be in Grande Prairie on Saturday. Good luck Grizzlies!
Athlete of the Week: Temmy Olajide (Gr.10, Jr Boys Basketball) During the championship game against Dawson Creek, Temy led the charge in scoring and steals with 19 points and 6 steals. He brought high intensity and energy in defense that led to the biggest comeback in this teamâ€™s history! Congrats Temmy!