Dillon Olson and Josh Kujat combined for 51 points in the Salmon Arm Secondary senior Golds basketball team’s 86-72 victory over Rutland last Thursday in Kelowna.
Head coach Rhys Waters called this game a must-win in order to remain competitive in the standings, and not fall to an 0-2 start to the season.
Grade 12 senior, Olsonplayed a monster of a game.
The point guard scored a game high 27 points, had 11 rebounds and picked up five steals. Kujat, also a Grade 12 senior, scored 24 points, made six boards, and collected eight steals on defence.
Waters described the game as a “tough road game,” where they managed to score just enough to leave with a win.
“We played pretty well, but still had far too many turnovers,” said Waters.
The Golds’ rebounding throughout the game was impressive, as they collectively nabbed 52 total rebounds, something Waters has said will be vital to his side’s success this season.
“We concentrated on preventing offensive rebounds against us, and the guys did a really nice job of that tonight, which was nice to see.”
Leading the team with 13 rebounds was Aaron Hicks, who also contributed 10 points.
“Our next focus will have to be limiting turnovers to maximize offensive opportunities,” said Waters.
The Golds had a couple off days before their annual homecoming tournament Dec. 22 to 23.
Players interested in playing can email Waters at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $30 and covers referees, a T-shirt, and homecoming dance ticket. After Christmas the team will head to the Lower Mainland to participate in a tournament Port Moody.
The Golds return to regular-season action on Jan. 5 in Kamloops against NorKam.