Junior and senior T-Birds facing big tests

Noah Charles had 18 points and nine rebounds for Cowichan Secondary’s junior boys basketball team in a 53-32 win over Brentwood College, just another huge contribution from the high-flying player. “In our team’s success this year, a big part has been Noah’s rebounding,” head coach Lucky Walia said, pointing out that Charles had 87 rebounds in six tournament games in January against some of the top junior teams in the province.

Eston Unrau added 11 points in the game against Brentwood, including a trio of three-pointers, and Connor Hayer sank two from outside the arc.

The T-Birds are hosting the 2014 Thunderbird Classic Tournament this weekend, beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday when Cowichan meets St. Michael’s University School. Games continue throughout Friday and Saturday until the final at 5 p.m. Cow High’s senior boys collected a 67-56 win over Dover Bay in Nanaimo last Thursday, which head coach Sandeep Heer acknowledged was a huge victory.

“Going to North Islands, you always have to go through Dover Bay,” he said.

The senior T-Birds are heading to Surrey this weekend to face Tamanawis, the second-ranked AAAA team in B. C.