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The Vic High Totems hosted the Royal Bay Ravens boys basketball team Thursday night during the 2017 city finals and won a low-scoring affair 56-44.
The Totems were up 28-16 at the half and looked to wrap up a win with at least a 20-point differential, but Royal Bay wasn’t going away that easy.
After a run and gun start, the Totems switched to a more defensive game to secure the win, but gave up some of the lead in the process.
During the first half, the Totems were stealing the ball as far back as the top of their own key to generate scoring opportunities. Rap Macasquit earned at least six of his 12 points with his deft thievery and running game. He was quick to steal the ball and he was quicker to the net.
The Totems’ high scorer on the game was Jarius Miclat with 21. Chris Niketas had eight points.
“It was a tight game start to finish. Honestly, I think the most we had was a 10-point lead. It was fun to watch.” Said Coach Cory Ahlers.
Asked about the low-scoring affair, Ahlers said, “They ran a box and tried to run Linden Hamilton out of the game – our most offensive player. They had a guy shadowing him all game, so we had to rely on our other guys, who did step up.”
“We started off pressing and put pressure on their defence. We knew their back court was shaky. We knew we were faster against their bigger guys. We wanted to put pressure on them to create turnovers and run and that’s what we did,” added Ahlers.
The Ravens lost the game as much from rebounding as they did from any other aspect of the game. The Totems dominated in both defensive and offensive rebounding.
In regards to the domination in rebounding, Ahlers added, “Our guys just stepped up. We don’t have excuses. When one of our stars is hurt we have no excuses. Guys really responded. We took care of the glass tonight.”
With the win, the Totems take on the Reynolds Roadrunners Friday night for the city championship. Reynolds was the winner of the earlier match against the Mount Doug Rams.
Asked how they will have to prepare for the Roadrunners Ahlers said, “They like to run a lot of zone. So we have a couple of zone plays we are going to go over before the game. We are going to work on our zone offence and be ready for them tomorrow night.”
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
The Totems will also be hosting the Island Championships Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 23rd to 25th. The Totems first game will go at 2:00 pm on the 23rd.