Morning Star Staff
The VSS Panthers stuffed the Fulton Maroons 89-50 in the annual city senior boys basketball exhibition showdown in the Landing.
VSS came out on fire, making their first six shots and were never really challenged the rest of the way. It was 49-29 Cats at the half.
Seth Blundell led VSS with 32 points and was virtually unstoppable all night. He went 11-for-19 from the floor with five threes.
“Seth has become a real force in our last few games dominating on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court,” said Panther head coach Glenn Garvie.
The rest of the scoring was spread out with Leon Schenker draining 14, Ben Hladik canning a dozen and recording 19 rebounds. Jakob Marshall sank 10 points, while Bradley Hladik and Nathan Bain both netted eight.
VSS whose motto is ‘Pride on the Hill’, are enjoying the edge on Fulton since the Panther football team won the city title by 50 points over the Maroons last fall.
“Fulton has been the dominant sports school in Vernon for a while, however recently VSS has taken over that role,” said Garvie.
“Sports, like many things, goes in cycles and for now it’s the VSS Panthers’ turn.”
Noah Alleyne flushed 11 points and earned five assists for Fulton, while Kobe Romanovitch posted 11 points, and five boards. Ike Olson registered 11 rebounds.
“It was a lousy game overall, but a good loss this time of year to help us focus over the next few weeks,” said Fulton head coach Dale Olson. “VSS played the best game I’ve ever seen this group play.They must have shot 70 per cent from the field, and coupled with our poor shooting, it was not a good night for us.”
The Panthers host the Norkam Saints tonight (7:00) in league play, while the Maroons take on the LV Rogers Bombers of Nelson tonight at 6:30 in exhibition action.
Fulton entertains the Pleasant Valley Saints of Armstrong in their last North Zone league game Saturday at 7 p.m.
In Grade 8 boys play, Fulton brushed back the Vernon Christian School Royals 47-34 Tuesday.
Karan Malhotra scorching the Royals for 16 points, including two treys.
“Karan controlled the tempo of the game and distributed the ball well to his teammates finishing with five assists,” said Fulton coach Johnal Lee.
Levi Lee put up nine points and four rebounds, while Ethan Schiman provided dynamic defence at centre and rang up six points and 12 rebounds.
“The team is finishing the season strong,” said Lee. “When I watched them play tonight, it was hard to believe it is the same group of guys we started the season with. I’m very proud of how hard they have worked to get to the level they are at.”