Cowichan Secondary T-Birds lose two close ones

The Thunderbirds lost a couple of senior boys basketball games late last week despite being in contention until the late going.

The Cowichan Secondary Thunderbirds lost a couple of senior boys basketball games late last week despite being in contention until the late going.

The T-Birds played host to the Port Moody Blues in an exhibition contest on Thursday night, and ended up on the wrong side of a 57-53 final score.

“We played well, defended well, and had good looks at the rim, but just did not make some shots,” head coach Lucky Walia said. “That happens sometimes.”

Eston Unrau and Brandon Reymerink led the T-Birds in scoring with 15 points apiece.

The next night, the T-Birds were invited to Belmont to play in the Bulldogs’ new gym. The T-Birds remained close to the Bulldogs through halftime, but Belmont pulled away in the second half to win 70-50.

“We were down eight at the start of the third quarter, but then had some stagnant possessions, and they built up a lead,” Walia said.

Unrau led Cowichan with 22 points against Belmont.

The T-Birds held their annual Alumni game on Thursday, and will be at home to Dover Bay next Thursday at 7 p.m.