The Summerland Secondary School senior boys Rockets basketball team ran into a pressing, fast-paced Keremeos team in their home opener on Wednesday, Dec. 3, when they lost 65-54.
The Rockets trailed by only four at the half, but then lost high-scoring Captain Abhi Lekhi to a back injury.
Grade 11 forward Landon Brickenden scored 21 points during a fourth quarter comeback, but the team fell short.
Other contributors were Taylor Ledoux with five points, Geoffrey Stathers with six, and Jared Breitkruz with six.
The game was part of a school colours spirit day and food bank fundraiser.
Earlier in the week, Summerland travelled to Kamloops for a weekend opening season exhibition tournament.
The Rockets placed fourth in the eight-team competition by beating Elphinstone by 14 and losing close eight point games to Westsyde and North Kamloops.
Brickenden was named an all-star and averaged 29 points a game.
The Rockets have started their season with a 1-3 record.
Next action for the team is on Monday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 when the Rockets will be in Oliver.
The team is also looking forward to Dec. 27 when the Summerland Secondary School alumni games are scheduled.