Mitch Jacobsen’s 27-point effort wasn’t enough to lead the Pen High Lakers senior boys basketball team past Kelowna Secondary School Owls on Tuesday night.
The Lakers gave an effort that made its coaching staff proud, but the Lakers lost 86-56.
“KSS is a very very good AAA team that has been ranked in the top five since day one of the season,” said Lakers coach Dustin Hyde. “In my opinion, they are the best team in the province and have a great chance at winning a provincial title. We battled hard and played well as a team. We had much better chemistry and team pride in this game. It was good to see the boys compete and play with passion despite the lopsided score.”
Hyde was also happy to see none of his players give up and said “that was refreshing to see.” Hyde added in past games when the game started to get away from the Lakers, some guys would pack in and stop competing — simply run through the motions and play with little passion.
Fans can watch Jacobsen and the Lakers in action again on Saturday when the host Salmon Arm at 1:45 p.m.