You know it felt good for the Chemainus Secondary School Cougars senior boys basketball team to record its first victory of the season.
The Cougars returned from the Christmas break with back-to-back games at home and defeated Brookes of Shawnigan Lake 68-47 Friday.
“The guys were happy to get a win, especially against a team that’s a little more comparable talent-wise,” said Chemainus assistant coach Sean Lefebure.
Both the Cougars and Brookes are in the single-A small school category.
Alex Loewe, Will Ngenda and Jack Miller led the way for Chemainus.
Steady improvement is already being shown and coach Kyle Peruniak has lots of guys on the bench interested in playing so it helps the team’s depth.
“It’s always a battle when you’ve got guys who want to play and they haven’t actually played much before,” noted Lefebure.
But they’re all coming along, developing in practice and through game experience to give the coaches more options in different situations.
The previous day, Chemainus was beaten 88-30 by Oak Bay’s B team.
Loewe made some great plays and tallied 13 points. Ngenda also had a strong game and netted eight points.
Oak Bay, with obviously a larger school population base for team selections, led 15-8 after the first quarter and extended it to 38-19 at the half. Oak Bay was even more dominant in the second half, outscoring Chemainus 50-11.
Lefebure liked how the Cougars weren’t deterred by the score.
“We got walloped pretty good,” he conceded. “Give them credit, they never threw in the towel.”
The Cougars are playing in the Rich Goulet Invitational at Belmont Secondary in Victoria Friday and Saturday.