Tyler Jones receives a handoff during the junior Rainmakers game in Terrace on Dec. 9. (Jackie Lieuwen / Black Press)

Junior boys Rainmakers go 2-0 in Terrace

Prince Rupert CHSS Rainmakers beat Hazelton 70-33 and Caledonia 48-33 over the weekend

The junior Rainmakers are taking strides to improve early in the season, but the team’s potential has yet to be reached.

Charles Hays junior basketball team had a successful playday in Terrace, beating both Hazelton and Caledonia Secondary School’s junior squads to go 2-0 for the weekend.

“The package is certainly there,” coach Kevin Sawka said. “But there is some fine tuning that needs to be done before we play our best.”

READ MORE: Junior boys open their season in Prince George

He was happy with the team’s effort and execution in their first game against Hazelton on Saturday, Dec. 11. The team led from start to finish eventually winning 70-33 with nine points from Tyler Jones, 13 points from Isaac Mastroianni, nine points from Aiden Leighton and another 13 from Caden Pagens.

“We held them to 33 so that was pretty good defensively,” Sawka said. “We were getting good shots within the offense, and hitting those shots.”

In the team’s next game against Caledonia, Sawka said his team came out sluggish on both ends of the floor, giving their opponents an early 11-3 lead.

“I don’t think we gave them a lot of respect in the first quarter or were sharp or ready to play,” he said.

Sawka called an early timeout, told his team to refocus, and the Rainmakers promptly went on a 26-6 run to give themselves a 29-17 lead at the half. Caledonia responded in the third quarter to get within six, but Charles Hays finished with a 12-4 run in the fourth to seal the game 48-33.

“Give credit to Caledonia, they worked hard, especially from the outset,” Sawka said. “They brought it to our guys, and it took our guys a while to respond.”

Sawka said his team had improved on the issues they had finishing games in their previous playday, and now the focus is primarily to improve how they start games and executing effectively on offence.



matthew.allen@thenorthernview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Charles Hays Rainmakers

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Search concludes over human remains found

Prince Rupert RCMP said search in Moresby Park area has concluded

Nisga’a Nation lifts local state of emergency

No new COVID-19 cases detected since state of emergency was enacted

Northern Health records 1st fatality due to COVID-19

Six people died from the novel coronavirus on the weekend, health officials confirm

Police look for vehicle, male driver after incident involving girl, 11

The driver was described as an older Caucasian male with white hair, no glasses, and no facial hair

Record-breaking 165 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed in B.C. in 24-hour period

Fifty-seven people are in hospital battling the novel coronavirus

B.C.’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan: Top 5 things you need to know

Jobs training, tax incentives for employers to hire staff and more

March to protect old growth, stop industrial logging coming to B.C. Legislature

Organizers say they want to give frontline communities a bigger say in nearby logging

B.C. releases details of $1.5B economic recovery plan, $660M in business tax incentives

Economic plan includes support for employers, as well as training for workers

‘Not criminally responsible’ hearing slated for man convicted of Abbotsford school stabbing

Gabriel Klein was found guilty in March of killing Letisha Reimer, 13, in 2016

B.C.’s 1st mental health and addictions minister won’t be seeking re-election

MLA Judy Darcy is the fifth cabinet minister not intending to run in the next election

Remote B.C. tourism lodge staffed for coastal clean up instead of wilderness tours

The Great Bear Rainforest is home to exotic wildlife — and international trash

Most Read