Senior boys have best ever finish at Mt. Sentinel tourney

he Grand Forks senior boys basketball team performed very well at the Mt. Sentinel tournament in South Slocan grabbing silver.

The Grand Forks senior boys basketball team performed very well at the Mt. Sentinel tournament in South Slocan grabbing silver.The team opened up against Kamloops Christian and won handily 58-43.Next up was the host Mt. Sentinel in the semi-finals. The Wolves won a nail-biter 40-39 over the hosts when Isiah MacDonald calmly knocked the winning free throw with 4.7 seconds left.In the final, GFSS faced a tough Prince Charles squad from Creston. Unfortunately, the Wolves fell short in their quest for gold, but still picked up second place.“We played very well against Kamloops Christian,” said coach Michael Wirischagin. “After that, we kind of went down hill. I think it was a number of factors including too much, too soon. We spent nine out of ten days together practicing or playing.”It didn’t help that one of the Wolf players was injured in the Mt. Sentinel game, dropping the team from an already small eight players roster to seven.“Overall, they played well,” said Wirischagin. “I was definitely happy. Defensively, we played very, very well in all but the last game. Against Mt. Sentinel we held them to two points in the second quarter. Offensively, we went on several runs, but we gave up several runs and that’s going to kill us this season if we keep letting that happen. We need to play more consistently throughout a game.”Wirischagin said that in the four years he has coached GFSS, the second place finish is the highest the team has ever done at the eight-team Mt. Sentinel tournament.“We’ve been going for the four years I’ve been coaching and this is easily the best we’ve done,” he said.

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