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For the Victoria High School Totems boys basketball team, Tuesday night was about demonstrating depth, as they played the Glenlyon Norfolk Gryffons short-handed. The Totems won despite limited action from three of their best players. With their best player injured, one on the bench and another playing tentatively due to foul trouble, they relied on their bench to step in and lead.
They won a low-scoring affair by the score of 49-45.
“The guys played a good game. I have to give honourable mention to Quinn Tustanoff, who played very well for us under the boards on defence,” shared Manager Tak Niketas.
The Totems are without the services of one of their better players as Chris Nkurunziza is out with an injury. Meanwhile Chris Niketas was in foul trouble early and played the fourth quarter with four fouls against him. Their highest scorer Jairus Miclat fouled out and wasn’t available at all during the fourth quarter.
With the win, the Totems move to 8-1 on the season. They have one game remaining, which was scheduled for Wednesday, Feb., 8th however the game was cancelled due to poor weather.
Despite the shortened bench, the Totems continue to roll through the season, stacking up wins in the triple-A division. With the strong play and a fourth seed being invited to the provincial championships, the Totems have a real chance to playing in the championships this year.
First though, the Totems are hosting the city finals starting Thursday, Feb., 16 at Vic High. First up for the Totems will be the fourth-ranked Royal Bay Ravens, while the Reynolds Roadrunners with take on the Mt. Douglas Rams. The top three teams will compete in the Island Zone Championships at Vic High February 23-25.
“We are looking for former Vic High students, all alumni to come out and cheer on the Totems on the 16th,” Shared Niketas. “Last night the bleachers were nearly full, but many of the spectators were there to watch Glenlyon Norfolk.”
It has been a long time since the Totems made it to the provincial championships and the Totems are hoping for alumni support in both the City and Island Championships, to be played in the historic building.
Thursday, February 16 – Victoria High School
Game 1 5:45 pm #2 Reynolds vs #3 Mt. Douglas
Game 2 7:30pm #1 Victoria High vs #4 Royal Bay
Friday Feb. 17
Game 3 5:45pm Loser 1 vs Loser 2 3rd/4th
Game 4 7:30pm Winner 1 vs Winner 2 1st/2nd
Top-3 teams qualify for the triple-A Island Championships at Victoria High Feb. 23-25