ADSS Armada senior boys’ basketball player Jayson Matthews, right, makes a pass late in the second quarter of a game against John Barsby Secondary from Nanaimo on Dec. 18. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Alberni Armada senior boys drop home game to Barsby

Third-quarter lapse leads to loss as Armada head into Christmas break

The ADSS senior boys’ Armada basketball team had a great run in the first half of their league home game with John Barsby Secondary on Dec. 18, but their efforts deflated early in the second half of the game and they ended up losing 83–68.

“We played really great basketball for three and a half quarters,” head coach Craig Brooks said.

The Armada were up 38–31 at halftime after spending much of the second half in the Barsby end of the court.

“We came out completely flat in the third quarter and we ended up on the wrong end of a 17–4 run,” he added.

Brooks called for a couple of timeouts in the third quarter “to try and right the ship, but by then the script had completely flipped.”

Barsby was ranked No. 1 in the pre-season on Vancouver Island, but injuries early in the season haven’t given them a No. 1 record. They are still a strong team, Brooks said. “Barsby’s the type of team you can’t make mistakes against.”

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ayson Matthews was the leader on the court for the Armada, with eight steals, 21 points and seven assists—close to a triple double. Gredy Barney had a quiet night points wise with 15 as Barsby went out of their way to shut him down.

“Gredy is the second-highest scorer on the Island right now,” Brooks said.

The Armada are on their Christmas break now, and will be back in action in early January. They host Totem 64, their annual tournament, Jan. 10–12 at ADSS.

“We don’t have any games lined up between now and Totem. We have a few practices over the Christmas break and then we march into Totem and we take on Kwalikum, who we played in exhibition (in early December). It was a close battle, I think we beat them by 15.”

The Armada boys face Kwalikum in their first contest at Totem 64, at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10.

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Jermaine Paul jumps for a basket late in the second quarter of an ADSS senior boys’ basketball home tilt against John Barsby Secondary of Nanaimo on Dec. 18. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

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