Prince Rupert Rainmakers senior boys win zones

Chris Mair looks to drive past the Smithers defense during zone competition on Saturday afternoon.  - Martina Perry
Chris Mair looks to drive past the Smithers defense during zone competition on Saturday afternoon.
— image credit: Martina Perry

After dominating at zones last weekend, the Charles Hays Secondary School Senior boys basketball team will be competing at the B.C. Championships in Kamloops.

Although only the Rainmakers and Smithers competed in the "AA" zones due to Terrace having a "AAA" team, and Kitimat not having a team this year, the boys proved they were deserving of the zone banner by winning every game they played.

Senior boy's coach Mel Bishop says the boy's defensive pressure wore Smithers down at the end.

"The team is really fit. The kids have played hard this year," Bishop said.

In the first game of the zones, the Rainmakers annihilated Smithers 75 - 41, with the Chris Mair and Graham Morgan being the high scorers of the game.

"Graham Morgan had a very good weekend. He played consistently," Bishop said.

On Saturday afternoon the teams faced off again, with Prince Rupert coming out on top for the second time. The game was a lot closer the second time around, with the final score being 61 - 56. The Rainmaker's high scorers were Mair again, and Drew Robinson.

In the final game of zones the Rainmakers proved themselves once again, beating Smithers 63 - 48. Mair and Robinson were once again the team's high scorers of the game.

Bishop said he was impressed with the team's rebounding in this game, with Robinson getting 13 rebounds, and Garrett Kobza having 11.

"Kobza really rebounded well over the weekend, and really helped us... He helped us defensively as well," he said.

The Rainmaker's Chris Mair was named the tournament MVP, with Jagveer Minhas winning the Best Defensive Player title. Garrett Kobza and Drew Robinson were named tournament all-stars.

The boys will play their first game at the B.C. Championships on March 6.

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