Owen Labudie breaks for the net for the Pen High Lakers in the final game of the South Zone junior boys basketball game against South Okanagan Secondary School.                                Mark Brett/Western News

Owen Labudie breaks for the net for the Pen High Lakers in the final game of the South Zone junior boys basketball game against South Okanagan Secondary School. Mark Brett/Western News

Penticton Lakers looking for payback at Valley Championship

Pen High Lakers junior boys at the Valley championships

The Penticton Secondary School Lakers junior boys basketball team will be looking for a little payback in their first game of the Valley Championships Friday in Vernon.

The boys from Penticton Secondary will be meeting up with the Mount Boucherie Bears, the team that had the Lakers’ number in their last two meetings.

“They beat us twice, they’re very solid; I kind of think it’s between them and Kelowna Secondary. They’re quite strong as well but we hope to give them a battle,” said Lakers coach Brian Hurst.

Pen High earned the right to play in the Valley’s by winning the South Okanagan Zone Championship by defeating South Okanagan Secondary School 54-14 in the final last Saturday at Princess Margaret Secondary.

“We struggled against South Okanagan the last time we played them,” said Hurst. “They play a zone that gave us a little bit of trouble but we kind of figured it out this time.

“Our defence definitely stepped it up and executed quite well and shut two of their top scorers down.”

Top scorers for the Lakers included Owen Labudie who had 15 points in the win.

Hurst described Kieran Simpson as a “super energy” who “stepped it up a notch” in the final game.

Eight teams are competing in the Valley tournament at Vernon Secondary School this weekend, the top four advancing to the provincials in the Langley the weekend after.

After the Bears, the Lakers’ next opponents will either be North Kamloops or the host Vernon squad.

 

Owen Labudie gets some air on this scoring attempt in the final game of the South Okanagan Zone finals for junior boys basketball.                                Mark Brett/Western News

Owen Labudie gets some air on this scoring attempt in the final game of the South Okanagan Zone finals for junior boys basketball. Mark Brett/Western News

Brian Conquergood of the Penticton Lakers goes up for a pair of points in the South Okanagan Zone finals.                                Mark Brett/Western News

Brian Conquergood of the Penticton Lakers goes up for a pair of points in the South Okanagan Zone finals. Mark Brett/Western News

Stephan Searcy drives to the net for Penticton Lakers junior boys basketball team in their championship game of the South Zone finals.                                Mark Brett/Western News

Stephan Searcy drives to the net for Penticton Lakers junior boys basketball team in their championship game of the South Zone finals. Mark Brett/Western News

Kieran Simpson gets some air on this scoring attempt for the Penticton Lakers junior boys basketball team who are headed to the Valley championships this weekend.                                Mark Brett/Western News

Kieran Simpson gets some air on this scoring attempt for the Penticton Lakers junior boys basketball team who are headed to the Valley championships this weekend. Mark Brett/Western News