Basketball players advance to Valleys

The Summerland Secondary School senior boys Rockets basketball team will compete in the upcoming Valley playoffs.

Landon Brickenden jumps during a recent basketball game. The Summerland Secondary School senior boys Rockets will now compete in the Valley playoffs.

Landon Brickenden jumps during a recent basketball game. The Summerland Secondary School senior boys Rockets will now compete in the Valley playoffs.

The Summerland Secondary School senior boys Rockets basketball team will compete in the upcoming Valley playoffs.

The Rockets finished their regular season play with 13 wins and 13 losses and will now advance to the Okanagan Valley Championships in Oliver on the weekend.

The Rockets are fourth out of eight teams going to the playoffs.

Earlier this month, the team finished in second place in the South/Central Zone Championships.

Going into the championships, Summerland, with a record of two wins and four losses, had finished third among four schools.

Oliver was ranked first and Princess Margaret Secondary School in Penticton was second.

Each of those teams had five wins and one loss in regular season play.

“Princess Margaret and Oliver both have strong basketball teams,” said team sponsor Dave Stathers.

Winfield, in fourth place, had no wins and six losses.

In the championships, Summerland defeated Princess Margaret 77-74 in overtime, at their school.

Landon Brickenden scored 31 points for the Rockets and had 13 rebounds to lead the way.

The following day, the Rockets travelled to Oliver, losing 78-63 to the Hornets.

Brickenden had 24 points in that game.

Rylan van Der Meulen, with 17 points, was named Player of the Game.

Stathers said the team this year is small, with just seven players.

Of those, all except van Der Meulen are in Grade 12.

Some of the players have made strong names for themselves as athletes.

Brickenden was recently named a first team all star, while Spencer McIntosh was named second team all star.

The top two will advance to the provincial championships in Langley, early in March.

“We haven’t been to the provincials in at least 10 years,” Stathers said.