The bar has been raised to new heights for the Immaculata boys basketball program.
For the first time ever, the Mustangs have come home with a medal from the B.C. Catholic Schools championship.
Immaculata sewed up third place at the provincial tournament on Saturday at Holy Cross with a 63-55 victory over Notre Dame.
Steve Forsythe scored 26 in the bronze medal game for the Mustangs, while John Mlkotic added 13.
“A very nice win and a very nice finish in a tough tournament,” said coach Dino Gini, whose Mustangs are ranked No. 1 at the A level in B.C.
Immaculata opened the tourney with a 61-57 overtime win over St. Pat’s, last year’s single-A champs.
Dario Gini scored a key hoop to tie the game up, while Forsythe had 17 points and Mlikotic scored 16
In the semifinal, the Mustangs suffered their only loss of the weekend, 61-45 to the host Holy Cross Crusaders.
Dario Gini went down with an injury in the second quarter and missed the remainder of the tournament.
Brandon Jacobs had 12 points for the Mustangs who struggled to get on track against H.C.
“A tough loss, a game where the Mustangs just couldn’t get going,” coach Gini added.
Steve Forsythe was named to the tournament’s first all-star team, while John Mlikotic and Alex Hart made the second team.
The Immaculata girls squad posted a 1-2 record at the B.C. Catholic Schools championship at Holy Cross.
In their first game, the Mustangs edged Notre Dame 37-36. Lauren Lalach led Immaculata with 15 points.
In game 2, host Holy Cross beat the Mustangs 64-20, with Olivia Johnson scoring five points and adding seven rebounds.
In their last game Saturday, Immaculata lost 45-33 to Arch Bishop Carney. Erin Jacobs had 11 points for the Mustangs.