Wild basketball teams in action

Senior boys and girls teams hit the court at separate tournaments.

The Mount Baker Wild basketball teams were in action this weekend at separate tournaments—the boys at in Kimberley, while the girls had home court advantage in Cranbrook.

The boys ended up in third place with two wins and a loss while playing in Selkirk Secondary, home of the Storm.

Wild head coach Shaun Penner said the eight-team tournament was a good gauge for exposing his squad’s weaknesses.

“It really showed a lot of stuff we need to work on. Mostly our mental game and being confident in our abilities, being a little quicker with the ball in transition,” Penner said.

However, he added he has also noticed improvements in rebounds, defence and scoring.

The first win was a 58-48 victory over Fernie Secondary, followed up a close loss against Prince Charles Secondary out of Creston.

“They’re a deep team, they got size, they got speed, they got ball handling, they can shoot, they can play defence—I was impressed,” said Penner, of his Creston opponents.

“We should’ve been in that game, we lost by 10.”

The Wild capped off their tournament by taking third place with a 67-61 win over David Thompson Secondary out of Invermere, pulling ahead after their opponents went down a few bodies on the court after fouling out.

“The game was close to begin with,” said Penner. “When they went down a man, it was virtually tied at that point.”

The girls were in their home gym at Mount Baker Secondary, where they played three games with one win and two losses.

Their first game against Fernie featured a good offensive start, but were unable to keep up the pressure, according to coach Al Nutini.

The Wild followed up with an overtime victory over David Thompson Secondary, and ended the tournament with a loss to J.L. Crowe out of Trail.

Despite the two losses, Nutini is noticing some good things from all his players throughout every game.

“I’m not unhappy with where it’s at, because there was some real upside to how we played, but it just wasn’t consistent,” said Nutini.


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