A pair of Kelowna Secondary School senior boy’s basketball players helped the B.C. Under-17 boy’s basketball team come away with a bronze medal from the 2011 Canada Basketball U-17 Championship in Toronto earlier this month
Mitch Goodwin was a first team all-star and the leading scorer through the round robin while Braxston Bunce was forced to watch from the sidelines due to injury after returning from his time on Team Canada’s U-19 National Basketball team that competed in tournaments across Europe.
Blowing out their first two games against PEI and Manitoba by an average of 41.5 points B.C. faced its first real competition against Team Quebec in the quarter-finals. As the third seed B.C. beat the number one seeded Quebec by eight points with Goodwin being named player of the game after scoring 28 points while shooting a blistering 58 per cent from the field.
B.C. then faced off against number two seeded Ontario who would advance past B.C. and eventually claim the gold medal.
In the bronze medal game B.C. played Team Alberta and cruised to a 84-62 win to capture the bronze. Team BC finished with a 17-9 record during the short June-August time the team was together. Bunce and Goodwin will now turn their attention to getting healthy in order to help the senior boys KSS Owls compete for top spot at the 2012 provincial championship which will be held next March. The Owls are already ranked high in pre-season rankings.