Injuries chase Golden Secondary School Eagles in season opening tournament

It was a tough start to a new season for the GSS senior boys basketball team as injuries piled up in their season starting tournament.

A Golden Secondary School senior boys player blocks a shot against Westsyde in the teams first tournament of the year.

A Golden Secondary School senior boys player blocks a shot against Westsyde in the teams first tournament of the year.

A string of bad luck plagued the Golden Secondary School Eagles Senior Boys Basketball team during their first tournament of the season.

“It’s been a frustrating weekend to be honest,” said coach William Hickey. “Two of our top players went down with injuries.”

The GSS Eagles hosted three teams from Fernie, Kamloops and Invermere for their Ice-Jam Tournament this past weekend. On Friday they played their first game of the season in front of the home crowd against the Fernie Falcons.

“In our first game Taj Manhas dislocated his right shoulder in the second quarter,” said Hickey. “And up to that, he had made 17 points in about 12 minutes, so that’s a big loss right there.”

Unfortunately their luck didn’t improve any on Saturday, as they lost another in their third and final game.

“This game (against Westsyde of Kamloops), our starting point guard Rohit (Randhawa), I’m not sure at the moment what exactly he’s done, but I’m pretty sure he’s torn a muscle,” said Hickey.

Randhawa went down early in the third quarter with an injury to his upper leg. And after being carried out of the gym, he was taken to hospital.

“So he’ll be out at least a month. We look to Rohit to start everything, so we’ll probably have to change up some of our offensive game,” said Hickey. “It’s going to be interesting going forward. Other players are going to have to take a bigger role on the team.”

The team will be heading to Calgary next weekend for another tournament, minus Manhas and Rohit. But the hope is the two players will be back on the court in early January.

There may be a tough road ahead for the team, but at the moment they are happy with the rare opportunity to play in front of their family and friends with the home court advantage.

“The crowd has been great, and the guys really like playing in front of the home crowd,” said Hickey.

“And for the amount of practise we’ve had, I was really impressed with the defence of the team. They put a lot of pressure on the opponent. So that was one big positive, but we still have a few things to work on.”

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