PALMER BASKETBALL SEASON UPDATE FEBRUARY 2018
GRADE 8 BOYS
This year’s edition of the grade 8 boy’s basketball team was comprised almost entirely of players who were new to the game. Highlight of the season was a big win in the Point Grey Tournament over Byrne Creek. The boys showed improvement throughout the year and they will have to work hard in the off-season if they want to be more competitive next year. Congratulation to AJ Abu Hanoud who had a great year leading the team in scoring and assists. A big thank you to coaches Mr. Strachan and Mr. Eberhardt for all their hard work coaching the team.
GRADE 9 BOYS
Many of the grade 9 boys have been working hard in the off-season and coming in to the gym early in the morning and they have shown significant improvement from last year. The team competed well in both the SLSS and Cambie tournaments and they finished the regular season tied for fifth with 3 wins and 5 losses. The team qualified for the playoffs where they lost their first round game against SLSS. William Lu showed great improvement this season leading the team in rebounding and Tyler Herft led the team in scoring and assists. Great job by the team’s coaches, Ms. Scodellaro, Sam Ng, and Pavel Yim.
GRADE 8 GIRLS
The grade 8 girls had a great season this year, which featured many very close games. The girls finished the regular season with a record of 6 wins and 3 losses, which earned them third place in the standings. In the playoffs, the girls advanced to the semi-finals with a win over McNair and then lost a tough battle to Hugh Boyd. In the 3rd/4th place game, it was another tight contest with the team losing a nail biter 33 to 32 to SLSS to finish in fourth place. Tala Seydoun was a key contributor who led the team in scoring. Huge thank you to Megan Tolentino for the great job she did coaching the girls this year.
The junior girls played a very tough schedule this year facing many of the top teams in the Province. They had some big wins and even with the losses against all of the top teams the girls showed great determination. The team ended up tied for first in league play with 7 wins and 1 loss and then lost a very tough first round game in the playoffs to McMath. The girls bounced back to win the third place game 37 to 33 over the MacNeill Ravens. At this point, the team has advanced to the V&D Championships, which will take place February 13th to 15th at West Van Secondary School. A very big thank you goes out to Daniel Chang and Isabelle Chung for all their time and effort on coaching the team.
The senior boys have had a very successful year this season and they have been ranked all year long in the top 15 at the “AA” level. The boy’s have an overall record of 18 wins and 9 losses and just recently finished the Richmond Championship tournament where they came in 3rd place. The team will now be advancing to the Lower Mainland Championships, which will be held February 19 to 22 at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Highlights to the year include big wins over SLSS and McNair and an amazing trip to Anaheim in December. Andrew Reddy was selected as a first team Richmond all-star and is averaging 27 points per and 15 rebounds per game. Sorosh Sidiqi was selected as a second team Richmond all-star and is presently averaging 22 points per game. Huge thank you to Mr. Brown for the great job he is doing this year coaching our senior team.