The North Peace Oscars easily brushed aside the Prince George Polars 95 – 73, this afternoon, to set up a rematch with Kelly Road tomorrow at Noon. The victory marks the first time the Oscars have reached the championship round since 2003 when they last won the North Central Zone tournament and then moved on to the High School Provincials in Vancouver.
“Everyone played well and every player on the team hit the score sheet…” Mike Brown, the Oscars assistant coach said in summary late Friday. “We’ve got a big challenge ahead tomorrow against Kelly Road but we learned a lot in our first game with them yesterday. I think we showed them too much respect, not having seen them this year. The stories we heard about them just weren’t true. Either they’re not as good as advertised or we’re a lot better than we thought !”
The Oscars lost their second game of the tournament 82 – 66 to the Roadrunners on Thursday after beating the PGSS Polars 91 – 81 in the first round. The Zones are set up as a double knock out bracket which meant that the Oscars had to drop back to the “B” side to eliminate Prince George after the Polars had knocked out South Peace by an 85 – 65 count.
Brown said that he and head coach Derrick Laychuk believe that an aggressive man defense may be the secret to defeating the defending Zone Champions. “We will need to be nearly error free, naturally. We’ll have to be at our very best to beat Kelly Road but I think it can be done.” Brown offered in closing.