The Golden Secondary School Jr. Eagles basketball team had a weekend to remember as they not only swept their home tournament, but also qualified for provincials to be held in Vancouver.
Originally meant to be a six-team tournament, the Golden Chute Out Basketball Tournament had to adapt when two teams called to cancel at the last minute.
“It really does mess up your plans to have them cancel, but that stuff happens, especially in Golden with the driving conditions. One team cancelled because the kids are sick, and the other cancelled because of driving conditions,” said coach Kindy Gosal.
“But that’s life, and that’s why we had six teams coming. We went down to four and still had a good tournament.”
A good tournament is an understatement for the Eagles who won three out of three games against Mt. Baker (62-36), LV Rogers (59-41) and Laurie (83-30). That puts the team at an impressive 17 and 4 for the season.
“We had a great weekend. We came pretty close to winning our last tournament, so it was really fun to win this one,” said player Saje Gosal.
“I’m pretty happy with our play this weekend. Our first game, was a provincial qualifying game… which will be happening March 8, 9 and 10 in Vancouver. So that’s a huge honour for us as a junior team from Golden to be going to that,” said Kindy.
It has been years since a boy’s junior basketball team from Golden has made it to provincials, so the team is very excited about the opportunity. And the junior provincials is “open,” which means that all sizes of schools are invited, and will play against each other.
“We’re all really excited to go, it’s going to be at Vancouver College. The junior team hasn’t made the provincials in a long time, so it’s pretty cool,” said Saje.
“It will be a great experience for them for sure,” said Kindy.
The East Kootenay Championships are coming up on March 2 and 3, so the team is going to be busy getting ready for that as well.
“I think we’re going to be working on the same things, just staying with our game. The kids know what our system is, so we’ll keep working on that and just stay loose,” said Kindy. “It’s really important not to get too tense about it, and just play the game and enjoy it.”