The L.V. Rogers Bombers had an easy night Tuesday, as the local senior boys basketball squad dominated Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries Secondary 66-9 in front of a small hometown crowd.
The Bombers dominated the hardwood leading 17-0 after one quarter and 34-0 at the half.
The huge lead gave head coach Jeremy Phelan the opportunity to play his entire bench during the lopsided contest. The coach said it was a good chance to get other players some experience.
“Preparing our guys, that will probably see more limited minutes (in other games), our support guys, we need to get them minutes so they are more organized when we hit teams that are a lot better,” said Phelan.
Every member of the team hit the scoresheet on Tuesday night. By the end of the third quarter, the Bombers increased the lead to 56-4.
Bjorn Morris was dominant on the court, scoring 10 points and controlling much of the game’s pace.
“Bjorn has actually been feeling a little under the weather, he didn’t practice yesterday. But he had a good game. He was executing how I wanted him to. In his post moves, his foot work was good, just like I taught him and it was working for him out there,” said Phelan.
The Bombers are a young team, which includes two junior age players – Josh Matosevic and Robbie Dixon – and Phelan said the plan is to bring more up so they can get experience and help out the bombers short bench.
“Our juniors are some of our best players. Josh is solid, he’s a smart basketball player. He’s experienced, he’s played against tough competition so he doesn’t crack under the pressure.
“Robbie is a bit younger and he’s got a big task in running our point. he’s our point guard and he’s only been playing since this spring, when we put a basketball in his hand.”
The team will now practice for a few days before heading out to participate in this weekend’s Fulton Basketball Tournament in Vernon. The coach said practice is more important right now than games.
“Our five guys there will probably give us a better game in practice. Ninety minutes of practice is probably more productive than our 40 minutes on the court against a team from the Kootenays.”