By Greg Price
March Madness is now over for high school basketball in their respective zone championships.
But plenty of other teams have been making an impact as well, including the junior varsity W.R. Myers Rebels boys basketball team, who have now enjoyed their second straight season as JV playoff champions earlier this month.
The second-seeded Rebels upended third-ranked Brooks 76-64 in the semi-final. Ethan Chapple had 24 points in the win and Colby Hansen chipped in 16. Kade Lund added 14 points.
“We had strong first and third quarters in particular,” said JV Rebels coach Doug Leavitt, adding the Rebels were able to extend their lead, only being up by two points at half-time. “We played a 1-2-2 zone defence for most of the game.”
The championship game proved to be a chess match against top-ranked Bassano, as the Rebels switched things up defensively compared to its semifinal game which proved beneficial, as W.R. Myers emerged with a 73-65 victory.
“We played man-to-man defence the entire game. We played particular attention to their best player and rotated two to four different players exclusively on him with no help-side defence away from him,” said Leavitt. “A lot of credit is due specifically to Carter Moser and Dylan Saunders who did a good job on him.”
Chapple poured in 27 points and Lund hit for 24. Hansen had 13 points.
“Colby Hansen hit a couple of big 3-point shots midway through the fourth quarter to stem the tide and regain momentum for us,” said Leavitt. “Ethan Chapple played a tough/mature game both defensively and offensively. Chase Jensen played solid tough defence.”
The championship capped the junior varsity Rebels boys basketball team’s record at 20-6.