Bombers ready to prove six is more than enough at Junior Provincials

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers face a huge uphill battle as the Kootenay reps begin play Thursday at the B.C. High School Junior Boy’s Basketball Tournament in Victoria.The Bombers, the only hoop team from LVR to qualify for a provincial tournament, meet two-seed White Rock Christian Academy in first round action at the 16-team tournament being held at St. Michael University High School.“The boys are excited to be playing especially after their (consolation title) finish in Edmonton,” said Bomber coach Vivian Kingdon.Unfortunately, for the Bombers the team must make the climb with only six players, seven if Grade 8 Avery Kushner is included in the mix.“We started the season with 11 players but we had some injuries and some kids dropped out,” Kingdon explained. “So we just have to play with what we got.”Kelowna Secondary School Owls open as the top-ranked team. White Rock is second with LVR being slotted into 15th spot.Each team plays one game Thursday, two Friday with seeding games set for Saturday.Last year the Bombers finished 16th overall.“We’re going to have to stay out of foul trouble that’s for sure,” said Kingdon, happy to be playing eight-minute quarters at the junior level. “It’s going to be really tough playing with six, but the boys are in really good shape so I feel we have a really good shot.”The Bombers dominated the zone this season, going undefeated against Kootenay opposition.Against teams outside the zone, LVR held its own against teams from the Okanagan.This year marks the 10th anniversary of LVR’s Provincial Junior Boy’s Champion. The Bombers, led by NCAA Division One Men’s player at Santa Clara, Sean Denison, defeated New Westminster in the final to finish the season not only with a provincial title but an incredible 38-0 [email protected]last_img

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