The Summerland Secondary School senior boys and junior boys basketball teams hosted their Blast-Off New Year’s Tournament Jan. 9 to 10.
The tournament was a four-team round robin format played in the high school gym on Friday and Saturday.
In the junior boys division, teams from Pen-Hi, Lumby and Keremeos battled the Rockets for the tournament championship, with the Pen-Hi Grade 9 team claiming victory.
For the host junior Rockets, Jordan Ripley, Rylan van der Meulen, and Danny Grant were chosen the ‘Game Stars’ by their coaches.
The Pen-Hi Grade 9 team is coached by Summerland grad Scott Nicolson, a teacher at Pen-Hi.
It was his team’s third championship in a row in this tournament!
In the senior boys division, the host Rockets played outstanding basketball against their opponents from Armstrong, Lumby and Mt. Boucherie.
Abhi Lekhi led the Rockets determined defence the entire weekend, as well as consistently scoring valuable points on the offensive side.
Landon Brickenden had an outstanding game in the match against Armstrong, leading the offensive attack with 46 points, while defensively holding the opponents 6’6” offensive star to minimal points!
Lekhi, Brickenden and Taylor Ledoux were chosen the game stars for the three senior Rockets games.