A superb 25-point performance from captain Chris O’Dell still wasn’t quite enough for the Chemainus Cougars midget boys basketball team to attain its first victory of the season.
O’Dell showed plenty of dash and flash in his scoring spree, but the Cougars fell short at Lake Cowichan last Tuesday 47-36.
It was the third straight loss for the midgets, but they were definitely in contention the last two games.
“Our midgets put together another strong effort on Tuesday despite falling,” noted coach Graeme Arkell.
O’Dell was the big story in the loss with his electrifying play.
“This young man’s shooting accuracy, speed and defensive positioning are superb,” observed Arkell.
He put up the 25 points on well-placed shots from in and around the key and even scored with a three-point buzzer beater.
“The future of Chemainus Cougars basketball sure looks bright with him in our system,” offered Arkell.
Bradley MacRae also continued to impress defensively in the post position.
“His big frame and good defensive posture have proven to be intimidating for many opposing attackers, who opt not to drive to the hoop when he’s guarding,” noted Arkell. “He is no slouch on offence either, racking up a solid nine points.”
The shots just didn’t fall on the day for Keeth Winia and William Ralphs, who were unable to convert on their scoring chances despite their best efforts.
The Cougars were without Gage Copeland, a member of the starting five, who was on vacation. The absence of his speed and playmaking ability on the wing was noticeable, Arkell indicated.
“Discipline is an area that we are continuing to improve,” he added. “Three fouls were given to Bradley and two to Keeth. Players are being coached to jump and extend their hands “straight up” when blocking a shot rather than holding or pushing an opposing shooter.”
The team resumes play after the Christmas break in the new year against Quamichan at home Jan. 9.