Morning Star Staff
Fulton opened the North Zone Senior AA Boys Basletball League season by slamming the Seaton Sonics 74-53 Tuesday night.
Isaac Olson collected 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Maroons, while Nathan Banga produced 18 points and six assists. Hunter Kreiger chipped in with a dozen points and eight boards, while Landon Currie rang up 10 points and seven steals.
The Seaton Grade 8 girls won three games in their 27th Street Tournament. The Sonics stopped Fulton 47-21, brushed off Shuswap Middle 44-19 and defeated Kal 44-19 in three intense matches.
Game stars were Phoenix Taylor with 33 rebounds, Iseult Colclough with 40 points and play-calling point guard Abi King. Alassa Johnson created numerous scoring chances and forward Madison Gardner was a rock on defence.
On the boys’ side, the Sonics played a thrilling Friday afternoon game against North Shuswap in front of a packed gym of screaming fans. Zak Hanley of the Sonics sank a free throw in the dying seconds of overtime to secure a 39-39 tie and Seaton won the next two games over Fulton (44-40) and Vernon Christian School Royals (54-19).
Isaac Thomas rang up 13 points and some strong rebounding, while Steel Quiring added 10 points versus Fulton. Ty Bartel was a dominant force with 13 points against the Royals, including a gorgeous three-point play after a hard foul.
Gangmin (Tommy) Lee emerged as a defensive stalwart over the course of the weekend, having never played basketball prior to arriving in Vernon in September. He, Cole Owasagara, and Garrett Erho sparked the Sonics’ defence as they led VCS 25-0 at half. Carter Scott chipped in six points with clutch outside shooting.