Thor Nielsen (r) goes high and Jeremy Eschappe stays low, covering a Southpointe attacker, Friday evening at the Agassiz senior boys tournament. The Mustangs dropped the first game but won their next two, earning fifth place out of eight teams. (Barry Stewart/ Hope Standard)

Thor Nielsen (r) goes high and Jeremy Eschappe stays low, covering a Southpointe attacker, Friday evening at the Agassiz senior boys tournament. The Mustangs dropped the first game but won their next two, earning fifth place out of eight teams. (Barry Stewart/ Hope Standard)

Nail-biter win caps successful tournament for senior Mustangs

‘They were making junior mistakes — but that’s okay,’ says coach

Barry Stewart

Hope Standard

Last week, Hope Secondary senior girls basketball coach, Jeff Kuhn said, “The boys look a lot stronger than they have in years.”

Kuhn’s assertion was borne out at the Agassiz tournament last weekend — where the boys clearly showed they are back in contention. They won two out three games, capturing fifth place overall.

The Mustangs met a polished and older Southpointe squad in their first match, Friday night and the Tsawwassen team held a confident lead throughout the game. Passes and shots weren’t clicking for the Mustangs, though senior, Nic Kamp was able to bag 21 points.

Kamp led all Mustang shooters in all three games and was selected to the tournament’s second all-star team and was Hope’s MVP, versus Southpointe.

Coach Jake Giles said, “A lot of our errors came from having to play a lot of junior players, due to our short bench. They were making junior mistakes — but that’s okay. We were playing against mostly grade 11-12 guys; they were a good team.”

The Mustangs were missing senior Jeremy Preston, who went down with an ankle injury in the Mustangs’ win over Dasmesh in their league-opener, last week.

Saturday morning, Hope met their traditional rivals, Agassiz, in a game that could set the tone for the rest of the season.

“They don’t have Simon, their big guy from last year,” said Giles. The Agassiz coach had also sat a starter for issues in Agassiz’ first game, so Hope had an easier path, winning 65-29. Kamp netted 26 points and Jeremy Eschappe was chosen as game MVP for Hope.

“We’ve got to play them at least two more times in league play and maybe in our tournament,” said Giles, adding, “I think we’re up to eight teams confirmed.”

The boys’ tournament runs January 10 and 11 — and the girls’ is this weekend. The girls’ first game is Friday at 10 a.m., versus Kumsheen (Lytton) and then at 1:45, versus Ashcroft. The public is welcome to attend.

Back at Agassiz, the boys saved their most dramatic game for last, against Langley’s D.W. Poppy.

“We got a 21-point lead on them, then they clawed back,” said coach Giles. “Nic fouled out (after sinking another 27 points) and they poured on a full-court press on our junior players.

Down by only 2 points in the final minute, Poppy pulled out a desperation play.

“They intentionally fouled Kayden Araki, to force him to the foul line,” said Giles.

The fouling team hoped the shooter would miss at least one of the shots, so they could quickly get the ball back and have a chance at the tying basket.

As he stepped up to the line, Araki knew the fate of the game rested in his hands. One out of two foul shots would force Poppy to sink a 3-pointer. Two out of two would pretty well seal the win.

“It was like he had ice in his veins,” recalled Giles of his game MVP. “For a grade 9 to step up like that and drain both shots… I was so proud of him.”

At 64-60, Poppy still had a slim chance, though.

“They tried to shoot a three and it hit the rim and went out of bounds and we played out the clock,” said the coach.

“It was the most I’ve ever sweated, without playing in a basketball game.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Jeremy Eschappe fends off a check, while attacking the hoop.  Barry Stewart/ Hope Standard

Jeremy Eschappe fends off a check, while attacking the hoop. Barry Stewart/ Hope Standard

Grade 9 guard, Kayden Araki shows goes vertical on this layup. (Barry Stewart/ Hope Standard)

Grade 9 guard, Kayden Araki shows goes vertical on this layup. (Barry Stewart/ Hope Standard)

Just Posted

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: B.C. seniors aged 90+ can start to sign up for vaccination on March 8

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

Megan Owens helped launch Inclusion Revolution Sports in 2018 and visited several local elementary schools to talk about inclusion and diversity. (Instagram photo)
Chilliwack’s Megan Owens champions diversity through Inclusion Revolution Sports

The G.W. Graham grad is fired up for Spread the Word Inclusion Global Day of Activation on March 3

Dr. Carin Bondar moderates a panel for an online event being hosted by UFV on March 8 for International Women’s Day. (Submitted photo)
UFV presents International Women’s Day event with Choose to Challenge theme

Online panel on Monday, March 8 discuss how they handle life’s challenges

(Black Press file photo)
Child in critical condition after Harrison Mills incident, homicide investigators deployed

The child was transported to hospital but is not expected to survive

(Photo/Adam Louis)
COVID vaccination in motion in Hope area

95 per cent of Fraser Hope Lodge residents have received the first dose

Langley resident Carrie MacKay shared a video showing how stairs are a challenge after spending weeks in hospital battling COVID-19 (Special to Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Stairs a challenge for B.C. woman who chronicled COVID-19 battle

‘I can now walk for six (to) 10 minutes a day’

AstraZeneca’s vaccine ready for use at the vaccination centre in Apolda, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Reichel/dpa via AP
National panel advises against using Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on seniors

NACI panel said vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are preferred for seniors ‘due to suggested superior efficacy’

A public health order has extended the types of health care professionals who can give the COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo courtesy of CHI Franciscan)
‘It’s great that midwives are included’ in rollout of B.C.’s COVID vaccine plan, says college

The order will help the province staff the mass vaccination clinics planned for April

Shipping containers are seen at the Fairview Cove Container Terminal in Halifax on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Canadian economy contracted 5.4 per cent in 2020, worst year on record

Drop was largely due to shutdowns in the spring as COVID began to spread

The Nanaimo Clippers in action at Frank Crane Arena in early 2020. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo Clippers for sale, owner says hockey won’t be back to normal any time soon

Wes Mussio says he’s had numerous inquiries about the junior A club already

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s coronavirus situation, May 8, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C.’s weekend COVID-19 cases: 532 Saturday, 508 Sunday, 438 Monday

Fraser Health still has most, eight more coronavirus deaths

B.C. Attorney General David Eby speaks in the legislature, Dec. 7, 2020. Eby was given responsibility for housing after the October 2020 provincial election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends COVID-19 rent freeze again, to the end of 2021

‘Renoviction’ rules tightened, rent capped to inflation in 2022

Face mask hangs from a rear-view mirror. (Black Press image)
B.C. CDC unveils guide on how to carpool during the pandemic

Wearing masks, keeping windows open key to slowing the spread of COVID-19

Churches, including Langley’s Riverside Calvary Church, are challenging the regulations barring them from holding in-person worship services during COVID-19. (Langley Advance Times file)

Most Read