Jr. T-Birds third at Emerald, set for home tournament

Leading up to their own Thunderbird Invitational this coming weekend, Cowichan Secondary’s junior boys basketball team placed third in the Emerald Tournament hosted by Vancouver College last weekend.

Cowichan opened the tournament with a 42-30 win over Pitt Meadows last Friday, then narrowly lost the semifinal 59-54 against Terry Fox. They recovered to beat Heritage Woods 57-37 in the third-place game.

Humza Khan, one of the team’s most consistent players this season, was named a tournament all-star.

Going into the tournament, the T-Birds were ranked eighth in the province, just behind Vancouver College and ahead of Terry Fox.

“After Terry Fox defeated us in the semifinal, they went on to win the championship over Vancouver College,” Cowichan coach Lucky Walia noted. “So, the next poll will likely see those slots shuffled a bit.”

Following a league game at Shawnigan Lake on Thursday, the T-Birds will host the Thunderbird Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Oak Bay and Vancouver College open the tournament at 6:30 p.m., followed by a rematch between Cowichan and Terry Fox at 8 p.m. On Saturday at 10 a.m., Cowichan will get another look at Vancouver College, who defeated them 45-22 in mid-December. The T-Birds will get their first look at Island rivals Oak Bay at 2:30 p.m. Other games on Saturday include Oak Bay vs. Terry Fox at 11:30 a.m., Vancouver College vs. Lambrick Park at 1 p.m., and Terry Fox vs. Lambrick Park at 4 p.m.