Mariners return to Fraser Valleys
After a lengthy absence from Fraser Valley basketball championships, the Earl Marriott Mariners are finally back – but their return has not been met with much kindness by the tournament organizing committee, which has matched 31st-seeded EMS against the No. 2-ranked Pitt Meadows Marauders.
“It’s going to be tough, for sure,” said Mariners senior boys coach Sean Stewart.
“It’s a tough draw, and we’re a low seed, but we didn’t perform that well in the Southwest (tournament). But we got in the Fraser Valleys, which hasn’t happened at Earl Marriott in a long time, and that’s the important thing.”
At the Fraser Valley Southwest championships last week, Earl Marriott opened with a win over Semiahmoo, but then lost three straight – to Tamanawis, South Delta and Sullivan Heights.
“We’ve been playing some of our best basketball lately, but we just didn’t play enough of it last week,” Stewart said.
“We just want to go out there now and finish the season strong, and this is basketball, so who knows – if we play well, an upset is always possible.”
If the Mariners are to have a chance against Pitt Meadows, they’ll have to play strong defence and not turn the ball over, Stewart said.
“You know that a good team like that is going to score, so you don’t want to give them any extra opportunities,” he said.
“We need to take care of the ball, and also be strong on our glass. We can’t give them any second-chance points.”