GVC varsity teams rule the court

Greg Vandermeulen

Senior boys and girls basketball teams are off to provincials after finding success at interzone competition. The two senior teams took on Vincent Massey in Brandon, as did the school’s junior teams. (The junior varsity girls advanced to provincials while the boys did not.)
The GVC Varsity Girls showed up to play, beating Vincent Massey 81-58 in what was described as a “hard fought game”.
Led by Flora Russell who knocked down 15 three-pointers, the squad will be the #10 seed at the provincials. They take on the #7 Daniel McIntyre Collegiate in the single elimination format.
The Varsity Boys also found success against Vincent Massey in interzone play, beating them 87-77. Coach Walter Giesbrecht said Massey started up by 10, while defence was a Zodiacs issue. That changed later in the game. “We came out better in the second half,” he said. The Zodiacs allowed 50 first half points and only 27 in the second half.
Roman Maschkins scored 27 points and 10 rebounds while Tiago Oliveira earned 25 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds for the triple double.
The Zodiacs are seeded seventh, the highest in more than a decade. They will play the #10 ranked John Taylor Collegiate.
Giesbrecht said his message to the team will be to do the things they’re good at.
“When we’ve done that we haven’t lost a game yet,” he said, adding that of their five losses this year, each game featured mistakes that they can rectify.
“We want to make sure that as a team we’re ready to do the stuff we can control,” he said. “If we do, anything’s possible.”