The ADSS Armada senior boys’ basketball team is having a “dilly” of a season so far. And while last year’s third-place finishers aren’t necessarily favourites going into their 64th annual Totem tournament this weekend, they have heart.
There are six boys’ and six girls’ teams featured in Totem 64. The boys’ teams include Ballenas, Edward Milne, Kwalikum, Mark Isfeld, Reynolds, Spectrum and Stellys.
While the Armada are busy rebuilding after losing some seniors following last season, they are already proving they’re willing to put everything into the team. You could almost say they are taking charge in that respect.
Something that head coach Craig Brooks instituted is giving a Dairy Queen Dilly Bar to any player who takes a charge during a game. A charge is when a defensive player establishes position as the ball handler comes in toward them. When the ball handler makes contact it usually forces the defensive player to hit the floor.
“It’s probably the most unselfish stat in all of sports,” Brooks said.
So far, Cameron Cyr is leading the pack in charges—and Dilly bars—with six charges taken in the Armada’s first two league games of the season.
“I would argue that he probably leads the entire league,” Brooks said.
“There are other guys who have one or two. It’s a constant thing we’re pushing all the time. The guys love it—they’re going to make me go broke at this rate.”
The Armada boys finished third in Totem 63, winning their last game against Esquimalt 67–51 to earn third place.
“It is a bit of a rebuilding year,” said Jayson Matthews, who is in his second year with the Armada.
“We’ll come out for our next few games ready to play, ready to win.”
The tournament will be a special one for Matthews. His grandfather, Elmer Matthews, will be inducted into the ADSS athletic department’s Wall of Fame in the builder category for starting the Totem tournament 64 years ago. The younger Matthews will be there to witness it. The Wall of Fame induction ceremony will take place just before the 7 p.m. feature game in the ADSS gym.