Both the boys and girls senior basketball teams from Alberni District Secondary School ended the 60th annual Totem Tournament in second place after three days of hard fought games.
The girls started off strong, beating the Highland Rangers 71-5 before slipping a little to win over the Kwalicum Kondors by only one point with a score of 46-45.
While the girls started their final game with a lead in the first quarter, they ended the game with a 62-57 loss to the Isfeld Ice.
While it was difficult to come so close yet ultimately lose the first place spot, senior girls coach Al Seredick said that despite a couple of defensive lapses early in the third quarter he was “unbelievably proud of the girls, they played with incredible heart, with incredible character.”
The boys won 74-51 over the Stelly’s Stingers on Thursday, 63-54 over the Ballenas Whalers before losing their close fought game for first place to the Guildford Park Sabres 72-64.
“I’m very proud and happy,” said senior boys coach Neelam Parmar, adding that he was happy with the calibre of teams that the tournament drew compared to prior years and that it was “good test for us.”