This battle of the out-of-towners was a bit of a David and Goliath tilt. Golds' Coach Rhys Waters appeared to go with a 5 guard line-up against a longer and more talented Western opponent. However, the spread at the end of the first quarter was only 6 in Western’s favour, in part due to a buzzer-beating 3 from Saed Mohamed who, not long after, had to leave the game for good after a knock to the head. But, through hard work, Salmon Arm battled to a 37-35 lead at the half. Golds’ Dawson Mayes and Norman Ambauen showed great work ethic which was matched by the Redhawks Marco Zivak and Liam Adams. But save some love for Western’s diminutive Gr. 10 point guard Eliada Ewa who harassed the Golds at every opportunity and contributed at both ends of the court. Redhawks Phil Okanlawon picked 8 pockets to lead the game in steals. Sadly, the wheels did fall off for the Golds who had to suffer through a 32-13 3rd quarter from which they never recovered, losing 95-63. Player of the Game was Kenny Okeke of Western with 15 pts. (6 for 8 from the field), 6 rebounds and 4 steals.
P.S. Western went out to UBC during the day to tour some of the athletic facilities and scrimmage in War Memorial Gym. The preparation paid off.