Cowichan Thunderbirds back on track for hoops playoffs

Things seem to be back on track for the Cowichan Secondary Thunderbirds as they head into the AAAA senior boys basketball playoffs.

Things seem to be back on track for the Cowichan Secondary Thunderbirds as they head into the AAAA senior boys basketball playoffs.

Weather-related school closures and travel issues caused the cancellation and postponement of multiple games, but the team is now able to focus on the postseason.

On Feb. 2, the T-Birds beat Claremont 61-45 behind a 28-point outing by Eston Unrau that included five three-pointers. Matty Miller added 11 points, and the energetic Jeremy Perkins sank a three on his way to seven points on the night.

The team had league games against G.P. Vanier and Dover Bay rescheduled over the next week, then managed to fit in a makeup game against Dover Bay on Feb. 10, losing 68-65.

Miller led the way with 22 points, one more than Unrau, while Jaden Bhopal added 10.

“It was a close game the whole way,” head coach Lucky Walia said. “We had our chances to get over the hump, but just did not get there.”

The T-Birds begin the round-robin portion of the North Island AAAA playoffs this week, visiting Dover Bay on Wednesday and hosting G.P. Vanier on Saturday, tipping off at 2 p.m.