Gryphons fall in home opener

The Smithers Secondary senior boys’ basketball team fell to Terrace’s Caledonia Secondary during an icebreaker tournament

The Smithers Secondary senior boys’ basketball team fell to Terrace’s Caledonia Secondary in a 70-30 loss during an icebreaker tournament last weekend.

During Friday night’s game, the Gryphons had a solid performance, but it wasn’t enough to beat their larger, more experienced opponent.

“It was our first game of the year and they were nervous and you could see it,” said head coach Matt Lowndes.

“We competed hard and we played 40 minutes and that’s all we could ask for.”

Many seniors were away competing in volleyball provincials, giving juniors the opportunity to play.

Junior Justin Dejong had his first 3-point shot playing with the seniors, earning him the team’s MVP hard hat award.

“I think it was my teammates setting up screens for me,” said Dejong. “I made a couple of shots and they went in.”

Steven Tworow was one of five seniors available to play.

“I think we played really good defensively, especially in the second half,” said the point guard. “It’s a lot of guys’ first time playing in a basketball game and we have a really young squad.”

Lowndes said they will continue to work on getting their systems in place and getting better control of the ball.