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PostSubject: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:41 am

It was an auspicious day for the East's chances. The harbinger of better things to come for the East took place in the 3rd 4th place game, during which Van Tech used resilience, athleticism and sheer will against a somewhat flat looking Point Grey. Nemanja Djajic, shooting clutch 3's near the end of the game put this one away late, although much of the credit for Van-Tech's win today goes to the hard work of underrated PG Jordan Punsalan, and big-man, Amin Benkadmir, who saved his best performance for last. Benkadmir's hard work on the offensive glass, in particular, paid dividends more than once late in the game, when Point Grey's forwards seemed unable to prevent him from gaining second chance after second chance. The neutralization of Point Grey's guard tandem of Guy Ostrovsky and Andrew Mavety, particularly in the 4th quarter, the utter disappearance of energy player Kyrill Fourik, foul trouble for Evan Taylor, and a costly technical to PG's combustible coach, combined with Tech's smart play, and organized coaching, served notice that the East's resurgence in the landscape of high school hoops in Vancouver, is no fluke.

Later in the day, East was a beast in the VSSAA Senior boys' basketball city championship game. Amid a din of noise from the Tupper faithful, registering more than one warning from the game directors' and referees citing the obscure "fan warning for illegal use of airhorn" rules dug up, no doubt from somewhere in the fustian VSB's rulebook, Sir Charles Tupper won a close one against a game Kitsilano at Prince of Wales Secondary's cramped, but intimate gymnasium. Kitsilano led for much of the game, and credit here must be given to Kitsilano's Paulius Makulavicius for learning how to attack Tupper's legitimate 7 footer, Cameron Smythe, with an array of simply stunning turn around's, spin-off's, high archers, pull-ups and reverse layups. It wasn't until a monstrous Smythe throw-down that Tupper really started to find the energy and means to challenge Kitsilano's lead, ultimately forcing a thrilling overtime finish. And, as brilliant as Makulavicius was tonight, with credit must come a share of the blame.

With time running out, and Tupper leading in overtime by a mere 2 points, Makulavicius failed to recognize an inexplicably unmarked David Burton in his favourite spot on the floor, instead electing to force a shot into the teeth of the defense, causing a turnover and the ultimate end of the game. As tournament MVP Warren Liang sank the final free throws of the game to seal the victory, with Kitsilano looking on in disgust, it became obvious that the balance of power had finally shifted in to the hands of the East. No longer can Kitsilano be considered the prohibitive favourite, despite their magnetic appeal for out of catchment players. As the jubilant chants of "East Side! East Side!" hailed down on the reigning city champs, and the clearly smaller Kitsilano contingent (despite being a mere 10 minute walk from Prince of Wales) felt the pain of a back-to-back of another sort entirely- back-to-back losses in the city championships, it gave hope to all those ballers East of Ontario St. that basketball truly is a sport of passion which is won by the team which plays with the most heart.

Later in the day, the all-star selections were made. With the first-team dominated, unsurprisingly, by Kitsilano and Tupper players, the 2nd team all-stars featured silky shooter Andrew Mavety from PG, and Tech's unbelievably clutch Nemanja Djajic, imposing shot-blocker, DT's Greg Patoc, as well as a nice tip of the hat to King George's plucky defensive guard and primary ball-handler, Bilal Naqshbandy (despite the injury to the incredible Miguel Suarez, AA King George showed, once again, how it's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, but the size of the fight in the dog...), as well as Prince of Wales own Matt Anza who had an astounding 30 point half against Van Tech, virtually carrying his team on his back to the point of utter exhaustion in the first round. This tournament showed how basketball is as healthy as ever, with each team showing flashes of brilliance from day one of the draw. Don't miss the opportunity to see the top six Vancouver teams battle it out in the zones next week!

I know I'll be there.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:41 am

What a great post.

I think you got the feel of the game and what happened tonight in Vancity. Tonight we watched with admiration the heart of Tupper's team and saw again that people can make something great happen in their own neighborhood school. It was great to see the community of Tupper teachers and students come out and support their boys..

I remember a day when Kits students and staff had the same enthusiasm and passion for the Blue Demons but quite frankly, much has changed over the last decade or so.

The Blue Demons used to have good guard play, organized defenses, game closing execution and disciplined kids both on and of the court. Its troubling to admit that in my humble opinion the Blue Demon basketball program doesn't have a soul.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:28 am

Agreed, and it really is a thing of beauty and rather touching to see kids from the East side, usually smaller than the average west side player (especially the guards) to play with nothing but shear heart and love for the game, overcoming adversity. Its almost as if they're expected to lose to the west side teams. Now that isnt a knock on the west side teams, but east vancouver programs have fallen hard off the map as of the past years. I must say, as long as people are willing to give them a chance and help put them in a position for success, they will step up against any team thats put infront of them.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:51 am

What an incredible game. I was personally looking towards a dominant game by Tupper but I guess it was a different story. Kitsilano started off strong, having the lead for the majority of the game. David and Paulius were big factors for Kits as they were the go-to guys of the night. Tupper fans from the left and right of the bleachers never stopped cheering as they continuously screamed loudly and jump/stand after each bucket they made. Cameron's monstrous 2-hand dunk was the energy boost Tupper needed to claw it's way to a tie at the end of regulation. In the end, the team that had the most heart won.

Overall it was a fantastic night for Vancouver basketball, a classic to watch. A few years ago east side teams were looked down upon by the west, but the past 2 years Tupper has changed that. Game well-played by both teams, Tupper deserved their back-to-back. Congratulations to Gourley and the team!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:04 am

Agreed, and it really is a thing of beauty and rather touching to see kids from the East side, usually smaller than the average west side player (especially the guards) to play with nothing but shear heart and love for the game, overcoming adversity. Its almost as if they're expected to lose to the west side teams. Now that isnt a knock on the west side teams, but east vancouver programs have fallen hard off the map as of the past years. I must say, as long as people are willing to give them a chance and help put them in a position for success, they will step up against any team thats put infront of them.

Tupper were defending champs, not a cinderella story. Some Est Van teams may be smaller but it doesn't matter if you're big if you can't jump or run the floor. The previous posts eloquently defined the event, the vibe at the game and the fact that for a school that attracts kids from across the city, Kits is missing something. Good for Tupper. Good for neighborhood schools and hopefully kids and their parents will re-think Kits as a "magnet" school for Hoops and go to their local school, work hard and maybe win.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:18 am

Depends how you look at it. They may not be your classic cinderella team but nor were they exactly the favorites to win despite their ranking.

Agreed, size may not matter if youre completely terrible, but at the end of the day, it makes a difference. Many coaches out there agree with the idea that you can't teach size. Players are often overlooked by more elite teams such as the bbc provincial teams or collegiate teams due to their lack in size. and when that is the case, east side teams are traditionally smaller.

Finally, the main point of my previous team was really to point out that with the right personel, any school can achieve great things. as you pointed out, parents may reconsider sending their kid to a neighbourhood schools instead. however, we must also recognized that schools esp. east side school must start supporting basketball programs again. bring in the right coaches and try to keep and support them as long as they can. start from the gr8 level and get a good development program going. Jeff Gourley and the Tupper Tigers have definitely shown this is true.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:07 am

I agree but the same can be said for West Side schools. Schools from across the city have to do a better job of promoting the sport and reaching ot to to non teacher coaches as well. As for the game last night, what a classic. LM's should be fun.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:52 am

LethalBillMunny wrote:

...

Later in the day, the all-star selections were made. With the first-team dominated, unsurprisingly, by Kitsilano and Tupper players, the 2nd team all-stars featured silky shooter Andrew Mavety from PG, and Tech's unbelievably clutch Nemanja Djajic, imposing shot-blocker, DT's Greg Patoc, as well as a nice tip of the hat to King George's plucky defensive guard and primary ball-handler, Bilal Naqshbandy (despite the injury to the incredible Miguel Suarez, AA King George showed, once again, how it's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, but the size of the fight in the dog...), as well as Prince of Wales own Matt Anza who had an astounding 30 point half against Van Tech, virtually carrying his team on his back to the point of utter exhaustion in the first round. This tournament showed how basketball is as healthy as ever, with each team showing flashes of brilliance from day one of the draw. Don't miss the opportunity to see the top six Vancouver teams battle it out in the zones next week!

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Tupper 59 Kitsilano 55 - What a low score for 45 minute overtime game. More players on both of these teams better fiqure out how to put the ball in hoop if they want to compete against the best teams at the Lower Mainlands and Provincials. Good defense (if that what it was in this game) may keep you in most games, but it is hard to win if you can't score.

I see that Warren Liang from Charles Tupper was the MVP? Who were the First Team Allstars?
(Tupper = Cameron Symthe? Danial Kim?)
(Kits = Paulius Makulavcius? Edvin Malushaga? David Burton?)
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:44 pm

Yup, you got it.
1st team: Smythe, Kim, Makulavicius, Malushaga, Burton


Some honourable mentions this tournament should go to Thompson's #11, Andy Vo, and #23 Sunny Brar. I also liked Churchill's #13 Nick Atwal and Kits' #24 6'6" Luka Zaharijevic is big, mobile, smart and plays with integrity, and only in grade 10. He's going to be a real force.

As for the score, yes, the Defense had something to do with it. I respectfully disagree with your statement, Underdog. I do think both teams know how to score, but having a 7 foot shot blocker in the middle combined with gritty exterior D changes a lot of things at this level for Kits or anyone else. As for Tupper's offense, though Smythe is tall, he isn't very thick, and, as Kitsilano's big men are much wider and heavier, Smythe, and to a certain extent, even the hulking Liang were somewhat neutralized for the majority of the night, offensively speaking.

You're right to point out that Tupper will need to hit shots, and one could say that their guards were not causing Kits much trouble from the outside. In fact, in a shooting game, I would be tempted to give Kits the edge over a good many teams as they have a number of forwards who can drain 3's. Defensively speaking, Tupper left Kits' point guard Brian Lopez open a lot, which makes sense, given that he is not a primary scorer for their team, so that's a troublesome sign for Kitsilano there.

Where Tupper picked up some easy points was by creating space just below the left side of the basket by pulling Smythe off the ball, and Liang left side to about the elbow. The pass would come from left wing to Liang who would square and look like he was going to shoot, drawing his man to him. A little dummy screen is set to the wing player now without the ball to roll to the top of the key on the strong side while Liang is still thinking shot and squaring up. Meanwhile the wing player who passed the ball to Liang originally wouldn't roll to the top of the key, instead, he cut to the basket into the empty space created by Smythe being on the weakside. A nice soft pass from Liang, and the wing player gets an uncontested layup. Smythe, meanwhile, wouldn't roll to the basket until the shot was in the air, because he was in just the right position to draw his man far enough not to be able to rotate over to help out when Tupper's wing beat the seemingly bewildered Kits defender to the hoop.

Kits didn't want to give Smythe very much space, even when he was on the weakside, and Tupper's coach was exposing the space ordinarily covered by a sagging defender who is normally responsible for helping on plays such as these. Admittedly, it's difficult to sag when the ball is at the elbow, which is why Tupper wanted it there. The pass they needed to deny was the one to Liang, because at that point the play was like checkmate in chess. Tupper got at least 8-10 points on this very play, which is to say, about 16% of their baskets. I can see why sticking to Smythe makes sense, especially with the ball at the left elbow, so this was an excellent strategy drawn up by the professorial coach Gourley, which Kits simply didn't know how to stop.

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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:22 pm

Underdog2010 wrote:
LethalBillMunny wrote:

...

Later in the day, the all-star selections were made. With the first-team dominated, unsurprisingly, by Kitsilano and Tupper players, the 2nd team all-stars featured silky shooter Andrew Mavety from PG, and Tech's unbelievably clutch Nemanja Djajic, imposing shot-blocker, DT's Greg Patoc, as well as a nice tip of the hat to King George's plucky defensive guard and primary ball-handler, Bilal Naqshbandy (despite the injury to the incredible Miguel Suarez, AA King George showed, once again, how it's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, but the size of the fight in the dog...), as well as Prince of Wales own Matt Anza who had an astounding 30 point half against Van Tech, virtually carrying his team on his back to the point of utter exhaustion in the first round. This tournament showed how basketball is as healthy as ever, with each team showing flashes of brilliance from day one of the draw. Don't miss the opportunity to see the top six Vancouver teams battle it out in the zones next week!

...

Tupper 59 Kitsilano 55 - What a low score for 45 minute overtime game. More players on both of these teams better fiqure out how to put the ball in hoop if they want to compete against the best teams at the Lower Mainlands and Provincials. Good defense (if that what it was in this game) may keep you in most games, but it is hard to win if you can't score.

I see that Warren Liang from Charles Tupper was the MVP? Who were the First Team Allstars?
(Tupper = Cameron Symthe? Danial Kim?)
(Kits = Paulius Makulavcius? Edvin Malushaga? David Burton?)



Kits All Star team was Johnston - 25, David Burton -8 and Paulius Makalavcius.......
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PostSubject: Couldn't have put it better myself - Kits is a troublesome program with a lot of inhouse fighting - they should be loooking to teams like Tupper and Terry Fox to see what Teamwork and coaching is all about. No soul, no respect.   Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:25 pm

yescoach wrote:
Agreed, and it really is a thing of beauty and rather touching to see kids from the East side, usually smaller than the average west side player (especially the guards) to play with nothing but shear heart and love for the game, overcoming adversity. Its almost as if they're expected to lose to the west side teams. Now that isnt a knock on the west side teams, but east vancouver programs have fallen hard off the map as of the past years. I must say, as long as people are willing to give them a chance and help put them in a position for success, they will step up against any team thats put infront of them.
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PostSubject: Misplaced Credit.   Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:30 pm

LethalBillMunny wrote:
It was an auspicious day for the East's chances. The harbinger of better things to come for the East took place in the 3rd 4th place game, during which Van Tech used resilience, athleticism and sheer will against a somewhat flat looking Point Grey. Nemanja Djajic, shooting clutch 3's near the end of the game put this one away late, although much of the credit for Van-Tech's win today goes to the hard work of underrated PG Jordan Punsalan, and big-man, Amin Benkadmir, who saved his best performance for last. Benkadmir's hard work on the offensive glass, in particular, paid dividends more than once late in the game, when Point Grey's forwards seemed unable to prevent him from gaining second chance after second chance. The neutralization of Point Grey's guard tandem of Guy Ostrovsky and Andrew Mavety, particularly in the 4th quarter, the utter disappearance of energy player Kyrill Fourik, foul trouble for Evan Taylor, and a costly technical to PG's combustible coach, combined with Tech's smart play, and organized coaching, served notice that the East's resurgence in the landscape of high school hoops in Vancouver, is no fluke.

Later in the day, East was a beast in the VSSAA Senior boys' basketball city championship game. Amid a din of noise from the Tupper faithful, registering more than one warning from the game directors' and referees citing the obscure "fan warning for illegal use of airhorn" rules dug up, no doubt from somewhere in the fustian VSB's rulebook, Sir Charles Tupper won a close one against a game Kitsilano at Prince of Wales Secondary's cramped, but intimate gymnasium. Kitsilano led for much of the game, and credit here must be given to Kitsilano's Paulius Makulavicius for learning how to attack Tupper's legitimate 7 footer, Cameron Smythe, with an array of simply stunning turn around's, spin-off's, high archers, pull-ups and reverse layups. It wasn't until a monstrous Smythe throw-down that Tupper really started to find the energy and means to challenge Kitsilano's lead, ultimately forcing a thrilling overtime finish. And, as brilliant as Makulavicius was tonight, with credit must come a share of the blame.

With time running out, and Tupper leading in overtime by a mere 2 points, Makulavicius failed to recognize an inexplicably unmarked David Burton in his favourite spot on the floor, instead electing to force a shot into the teeth of the defense, causing a turnover and the ultimate end of the game. As tournament MVP Warren Liang sank the final free throws of the game to seal the victory, with Kitsilano looking on in disgust, it became obvious that the balance of power had finally shifted in to the hands of the East. No longer can Kitsilano be considered the prohibitive favourite, despite their magnetic appeal for out of catchment players. As the jubilant chants of "East Side! East Side!" hailed down on the reigning city champs, and the clearly smaller Kitsilano contingent (despite being a mere 10 minute walk from Prince of Wales) felt the pain of a back-to-back of another sort entirely- back-to-back losses in the city championships, it gave hope to all those ballers East of Ontario St. that basketball truly is a sport of passion which is won by the team which plays with the most heart.

Later in the day, the all-star selections were made. With the first-team dominated, unsurprisingly, by Kitsilano and Tupper players, the 2nd team all-stars featured silky shooter Andrew Mavety from PG, and Tech's unbelievably clutch Nemanja Djajic, imposing shot-blocker, DT's Greg Patoc, as well as a nice tip of the hat to King George's plucky defensive guard and primary ball-handler, Bilal Naqshbandy (despite the injury to the incredible Miguel Suarez, AA King George showed, once again, how it's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, but the size of the fight in the dog...), as well as Prince of Wales own Matt Anza who had an astounding 30 point half against Van Tech, virtually carrying his team on his back to the point of utter exhaustion in the first round. This tournament showed how basketball is as healthy as ever, with each team showing flashes of brilliance from day one of the draw. Don't miss the opportunity to see the top six Vancouver teams battle it out in the zones next week!

I know I'll be there.


I think you failed to mention that credit for Kits should have gone to David Burton who shot an inspiring game hitting one shot after another. He is a junior and plays at college level and will be an interesting one to watch. Credit also has to go to the Kits big man Kirby Johnston who despite being 5 inches shorter than the giant 7 footer for Tupper - effectively and totally shut Cam down for most of the game with sheer determination and constant pressure. Unfortunately for Kits, the game ended in the same way that many of their other games end - with selfish play - Burton was not the only one open on the floor ready to take the shot, Johnston was open and right under, Malashuga was ready to shoot a three - time was wasted with one player deciding he would be the one to win the game. Kits needs to work on their teamwork if they are going to even place in top ten in LM. Disappointing finish to a great game.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:47 pm


I think you failed to mention that credit for Kits should have gone to David Burton who shot an inspiring game hitting one shot after another. He is a junior and plays at college level and will be an interesting one to watch. Credit also has to go to the Kits big man Kirby Johnston who despite being 5 inches shorter than the giant 7 footer for Tupper - effectively and totally shut Cam down for most of the game with sheer determination and constant pressure. Unfortunately for Kits, the game ended in the same way that many of their other games end - with selfish play - Burton was not the only one open on the floor ready to take the shot, Johnston was open and right under, Malashuga was ready to shoot a three - time was wasted with one player deciding he would be the one to win the game. Kits needs to work on their teamwork if they are going to even place in top ten in LM. Disappointing finish to a great game.[/quote]

The game was far from disappointing for 75% of the fans last night. Johnson played hard but had a tough time keeping up with the pace as the game went on. Smythe had around 20 pts so I am not sure that you can describe that as being shut down. Burton was great and showed leadership even though 21 for Kits made some very athletic plays a pass at the end would have sealed the deal. Late in the game Tupper outrebounded Kits and seemed to have more energy but Kits showed they are much better than their ranking and will be a tough team to face at LM's.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:27 pm

Trey wrote:

I think you failed to mention that credit for Kits should have gone to David Burton who shot an inspiring game hitting one shot after another. He is a junior and plays at college level and will be an interesting one to watch. Credit also has to go to the Kits big man Kirby Johnston who despite being 5 inches shorter than the giant 7 footer for Tupper - effectively and totally shut Cam down for most of the game with sheer determination and constant pressure. Unfortunately for Kits, the game ended in the same way that many of their other games end - with selfish play - Burton was not the only one open on the floor ready to take the shot, Johnston was open and right under, Malashuga was ready to shoot a three - time was wasted with one player deciding he would be the one to win the game. Kits needs to work on their teamwork if they are going to even place in top ten in LM. Disappointing finish to a great game.

The game was far from disappointing for 75% of the fans last night. Johnson played hard but had a tough time keeping up with the pace as the game went on. Smythe had around 20 pts so I am not sure that you can describe that as being shut down. Burton was great and showed leadership even though 21 for Kits made some very athletic plays a pass at the end would have sealed the deal. Late in the game Tupper outrebounded Kits and seemed to have more energy but Kits showed they are much better than their ranking and will be a tough team to face at LM's.[/quote]

Clarification - The game certainly was not disappointing - never said that - I thought it was a disappointing way to finish. You sure Smythe had 20 odd points - didn't think that was the case. Johnston was the big man and played most of the game without sub, so of course he was going to run low on steam - I think all three - Burton, Johnston and 21 all deserved the All Star status. They played well. Warren is hard to stop and well deserved his MVP.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:42 pm


Clarification - The game certainly was not disappointing - never said that - I thought it was a disappointing way to finish. You sure Smythe had 20 odd points - didn't think that was the case. Johnston was the big man and played most of the game without sub, so of course he was going to run low on steam - I think all three - Burton, Johnston and 21 all deserved the All Star status. They played well. Warren is hard to stop and well deserved his MVP.[/quote]

All of the all stars were desrving of their recognition. Johnson got some relief grom Luka who should have played more and Smythe played all 40 and seemed to have more in the tank late. According to the game summary at the BCHSB website Smythe had 17. Liang 20 and both didn't shoot very well. The battle of the bigs was fun to watch but Warren vs. Paulius was the story of the game, similar players but Warren used his teammates better. Those two will get looks from schools for sure. Great match up from the coaches on down.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:43 pm

Although it seems that many are faulting Paulius for not giving up the ball in the final kits possession, I must say his look wasnt a terrible one. He had been playing relatively well all game and tournament. He undoubtedly shined the brightest in kits performances against DT and was hitting those exact same shots against a r. i wouldnt fault him as hard. Sometimes you just count on your best player to make your most important shots, and that one didnt fall.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:47 pm

Trey wrote:

Clarification - The game certainly was not disappointing - never said that - I thought it was a disappointing way to finish. You sure Smythe had 20 odd points - didn't think that was the case. Johnston was the big man and played most of the game without sub, so of course he was going to run low on steam - I think all three - Burton, Johnston and 21 all deserved the All Star status. They played well. Warren is hard to stop and well deserved his MVP.

All of the all stars were desrving of their recognition. Johnson got some relief grom Luka who should have played more and Smythe played all 40 and seemed to have more in the tank late. According to the game summary at the BCHSB website Smythe had 17. Liang 20 and both didn't shoot very well. The battle of the bigs was fun to watch but Warren vs. Paulius was the story of the game, similar players but Warren used his teammates better. Those two will get looks from schools for sure. Great match up from the coaches on down. [/quote]

Johnston would have a good 100 pounds on Smythe, so of course Smythe had more left in the tank late. I think Johnston did well to keep him at 17 points - he is a big kid
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:27 pm

Trey wrote:

Clarification - The game certainly was not disappointing - never said that - I thought it was a disappointing way to finish. You sure Smythe had 20 odd points - didn't think that was the case. Johnston was the big man and played most of the game without sub, so of course he was going to run low on steam - I think all three - Burton, Johnston and 21 all deserved the All Star status. They played well. Warren is hard to stop and well deserved his MVP.

All of the all stars were desrving of their recognition. Johnson got some relief grom Luka who should have played more and Smythe played all 40 and seemed to have more in the tank late. According to the game summary at the BCHSB website Smythe had 17. Liang 20 and both didn't shoot very well. The battle of the bigs was fun to watch but Warren vs. Paulius was the story of the game, similar players but Warren used his teammates better. Those two will get looks from schools for sure. Great match up from the coaches on down. [/quote]

The reason he took #24 Luka off was because he couldn't stop the 7 footer - he scored more than 10 points on Luka in the first half of the second quarter and Kits lost their lead - he had no option but to play Johnston for the full game as he was the only one able to slow Smythe down. Watched the tape of the game this morning and that was the turning point in the game - when Kits lost their lead and when Johnston was resting - not taking it off Smythe and that slam dunk that bought a new life back into Tupper's game also. Kudos to the Tupper crowd who showed Kits up big time in the "support your team" area.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:49 pm

yescoach wrote:
Although it seems that many are faulting Paulius for not giving up the ball in the final kits possession, I must say his look wasnt a terrible one. He had been playing relatively well all game and tournament. He undoubtedly shined the brightest in kits performances against DT and was hitting those exact same shots against a r. i wouldnt fault him as hard. Sometimes you just count on your best player to make your most important shots, and that one didnt fall.

Take another look at the game tape for the DT game - Makulavicius certainly was not the brightest star in the batch - Johnston won MVP and well deserved it - but Burton was pretty close behind him - between the two of them they tied up the game.

Your last sentence explains exactly why Kits can't win a tournament this year and last - team work. Makulavicius thinks he is the most important in the team and he makes some serious mistakes because of it. This is not the first time the team has gone done because of his bad judgement. I can see why supporters get upset. His coach needs to do some serious work with him - he could be a much better player.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:10 pm

from what I saw in person, I felt like Paulius was doing a bit of everything. DT's defense seemed to collapse on him thus leading to him finding the bigs downlow. although, my memory may serve me poorly.

are these games actually available archived online? i would love to take another look at a few games.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:15 pm

yescoach wrote:
from what I saw in person, I felt like Paulius was doing a bit of everything. DT's defense seemed to collapse on him thus leading to him finding the bigs downlow. although, my memory may serve me poorly.

are these games actually available archived online? i would love to take another look at a few games.


I agree - Paulius does do a bit of everything, but I feel he is capable of much more if he was more disciplined player - although he is more generous with the ball this year than last and no longer trying for fouls all the time. But Burton's shooting and assists, as well as assisting Johnston with the rebounding, and Johnston's outsanding game, certainly placed them at the top of the interest level for me during that game.

Vancouver Courier mistakenly gave credit to Makulavicius as MVP and playmaker of the day, but in fact the honor went to Johnston.

Not sure if the games were archived, we had someone filming a few games during the tournament for future prospects.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:50 pm

[quote="LethalBillMunny"] Yup, you got it.
1st team: Smythe, Kim, Makulavicius, Malushaga, Burton


Apologies, it was indeed Kitsilano's Burton, Makulavicius and Kirby Johnston who were 1st team all-stars for the tournament. Malushaga was good in some places, but not a 1st team all-star. Many of you already corrected this detail, so thank you. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:57 pm

[quote="LethalBillMunny"]
LethalBillMunny wrote:
Yup, you got it.
1st team: Smythe, Kim, Makulavicius, Malushaga, Burton


Apologies, it was indeed Kitsilano's Burton, Makulavicius and Kirby Johnston who were 1st team all-stars for the tournament. Malushaga was good in some places, but not a 1st team all-star. Many of you already corrected this detail, so thank you. Smile

Malushaga had a a tough tournament. Had an eye on him for recent games and that kid can shoot a 3 pointer from most places on the court - but this wasn't his week unfortunately - Kits could have forced a tougher game if their three pointer shooters had a better day. Kudos to Tupper though - best players on the day won.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:15 pm

Anyone know the stats for kits? Tuppers are up. Kits aren't. Curious to see them. .
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Vancouver Senior Boys Basketball City Champs - Sir Charles Tupper   Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:51 pm

Trey wrote:

I think you failed to mention that credit for Kits should have gone to David Burton who shot an inspiring game hitting one shot after another. He is a junior and plays at college level and will be an interesting one to watch. Credit also has to go to the Kits big man Kirby Johnston who despite being 5 inches shorter than the giant 7 footer for Tupper - effectively and totally shut Cam down for most of the game with sheer determination and constant pressure. Unfortunately for Kits, the game ended in the same way that many of their other games end - with selfish play - Burton was not the only one open on the floor ready to take the shot, Johnston was open and right under, Malashuga was ready to shoot a three - time was wasted with one player deciding he would be the one to win the game. Kits needs to work on their teamwork if they are going to even place in top ten in LM. Disappointing finish to a great game.

The game was far from disappointing for 75% of the fans last night. Johnson played hard but had a tough time keeping up with the pace as the game went on. Smythe had around 20 pts so I am not sure that you can describe that as being shut down. Burton was great and showed leadership even though 21 for Kits made some very athletic plays a pass at the end would have sealed the deal. Late in the game Tupper outrebounded Kits and seemed to have more energy but Kits showed they are much better than their ranking and will be a tough team to face at LM's.[/quote]


Correction on Trey's statement: David Burton is actually a grade 11, and not a junior as he posted above ! Just letting you guys know in case you guys were wondering and what not.

And a brief argument can be made about Smythe being shut down. Yes, he had that game-changing dunk and around 5-6 blocks, but how many times can you recall him being pushed out from the paint ? I can recall multiple times where Kirby using sheer strength pushed Cam from where he wanted to ultimately, outside of the paint and at times even fumbled the ball because of Kirby's defense. As a coach, you definitely want your 7 footer in the paint. Who wouldn't ?
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