The KSS Owls went 1-for-3 against American opposition at the North Idaho senior boys basketball tournament over the holiday season in Couer d’Alene.
The Owls opened up on Boxing Day with a come-from-behind 62-60 victory over Eisenhower High School from Yakima, Wash.
Parker Simson led KSS with 27 points and Buzz Truss added 18 as the Owls dug out of an early 20-4 deficit to win.
“The boys played well and came from behind to win, so it was a good start,” said Owls head coach Harry Parmar.
However, in Game 2, the Owls fell in a hole early against Couer d’Alene and simply couldn’t recover en route to a 72-29 loss.
“They’re a very good team, and we just came out flat,” Parmar said. “We didn’t have a lot of intensity and got into foul trouble, so that made it even tougher on us.”
In their final game of the week, the Owls dropped a 62-38 decision to Post Falls, Idaho.
Truss led his team with 15 points as KSS put together a better effort than they did a day earlier.
“The final score wasn’t indicative of the way we played,” Parmar said. “We kept the game close for a while but it just got away from us.”
Regardless of the outcome, Parmar said playing against tough American opponents was a good experience for his team.
“I like playing against the 4A schools, you get to see where the kids are at against bigger, quicker and faster opponents,” Parmar added. “The boys played hard and learned some things we can take with us and improve on.”
The Owls return to Okanagan league action Tuesday, Jan. 7 against Rutland, before travelling to Terry Fox in Coquitlam Jan. 9 to 11 for the Legal Beagle tournament.