The basketball god's were Mt. Boucherie's valentine this weekend when they took on the heavily favoured South Kamloops Titans, with Josh Wolfram spraining his ankle less than 5 minutes into the conest. However, South Kamloops went out to an early lead, with the score at 19-10 at the end of the first quarter. The Boucherie Bears did not seemed phased, and a group of loyal and rowdy fans were there behind them 100% of the way. As the second quarter started things didn't get any better for the hometown Bears, as Kyle Gableheid got into some foul trouble which forced him to sit out the rest of the half. Down 15 (28-13) the Bears got a spark from grade 11 point guard Adam Tilley. The Bears did not look back and tied it up going into half time at 37. In the third quarter the Bears continued to apply the pressure, with Peter Flet owning the boards and Jeremy Finn taking care of the ball at the point guard position. The frustrated Titans were now being out shot and out hustled. The Bears simply wanted it more, and South Kamloops lost its composure on a dirty intentional foul, and then just 5 minutes later South Kam's coach was T'd up. The team from West Kelowna had a 6 point lead going into the games final quarter. The flustered and frustrated Titan's seemed to have no answer for the Bear's scrappy defense, which had held Wagner in check. Early in the 4th the Bear's Peter Flet, who was in my opinion the game's MVP (15 points and countless rebounds) picked up a couple questionable fouls and was forced to play the game with 4 fouls. South Kamloops tried to take advantage but could not seem to get the ball into their star post David Wagner. With 3 minutes left, the Bears had a 10 point lead thanks to some great ball movement from Finn and some huge threes by Adam Tilley and Jarret Resh. South Kamloops however would not give up, and the Aussie centre scored 8 points to make the game within 2. With just over a minute left, the Bears led 68-67, when Flet converted an old fashioned 3 point play to make it 71-67, and sending Wagner to the bench with his 5th foul. Both teams would exhange a free throw and the final horn blew, the Bear's were a top the interior division and won the contest 72-68. It was a great team win for the Bears, who had been questioned throughout the year if they could handle a top team like South Kam, and silenced any critics who accused them of playing selfish basketball. Wagner scored 30 points for South Kam, while Flet scored 15, Tilley added 14, while Resh and KG contributed 12.
If Boucherie is able to play team basketball, and shoot the ball well from 3 point land, they will be playing in the Agro Dome this March.
Also props to Kelly Brodrick for a very well coached game, and to the refs for a consistent game, with only a few head scratching calls.