The ADSS senior boys basketball team had an unnofficial kickoff game this weekend with an alumni tournament.
While the senior boys placed fourth in the tournament, ADSS athletic director Mike Roberts is excited for the season to get its official start at the end of November.
“The team’s been selected and coach (Neelam) Parmar’s just trying to establish his offence and defence,” Roberts said, adding that “this past weekend with the alumni was their first real test… it gave the team a chance to play in a game situation outside of what a practice would be.”
Parmar hopes to set up more games that won’t affect the team’s standing in the North Island League, which is comprised of Cowichan High, G.P. Vanier and Dover Bay Secondary, with exhibition games set up through the month of December.
He’s hoping that the game time will give the team the experience necessary to make up for the smaller lineup and lack of height.
“We have a smaller team this year in terms of height so that’ll change the way we play,” he said, “we’ll have to use our quickness instead of relying on fighting for rebounds.”
The lineup was made even smaller when a senior forward broke his ankle, meaning that he will most likely sit out the majority of the season, if not the whole season.
While Parmar can rely on call ups from the junior team, the junior players are also hampered by their smaller size.
However, Roberts is hoping for a long and productive season for the boys this year.
“I anticipate that they’ll be very competitive.”