Homiss Wolves: 2011 B.C. Junior All Native basketball champs

The Homiss Wolves from Vancouver Island's West Coast are the B.C. Junior All Native basketball tournament boys' division champions.

The Homiss Wolves are the 2011 B.C. Junior All Native boys’ division champions.

The Wolves beat the Sylix junior boy’s team from the Okanagan 66-55 to take the game and the championship.

Wolves 6-4 forward/captain Jalen Charleson was named boys’ division MVP, as well as best defensive player of the tournament.

Charleson’s teammates – guard Sheldon Scow and forward Darian Vandermerwe – were named to the boys all star team.

And Homiss supporter Cecil Sabbas won one of two ‘outstanding fan’ awards.

Playing before a packed Sylix home crowd in the Penticton High School gymnasium Homiss led 14-5 after the first quarter and were up 22-17 at the half.

The Wolves continued their scoring pace at the start of the third quarter, and were leading 34-25 midway through the quarter.

Sylix upped their game and at 38-36 were only down by two points at the end of the third quarter.

Both teams played an up-tempo pace in the fourth quarter.

At 51-48 Sylix pulled within three points of Homiss midway through the fourth, but that’s as close as they would come.

Sylix missed shots and key foul conversions and defense by Homiss made the difference at the end of the fourth.

Homiss is defending the boys title on home turf in 2012 as the B.C. Junior All Native is being hosted in Port Alberni next year.

In the girls’ division, Sylix repeated as champions with a  64-42 win over At’maakw from Bella Coola.

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