Junior Raiders place third in playoffs

CSS Junior Raiders come back to revenge at-home loss to Barriere Junior Cougars

Clearwater's Aidan Sim looks to pass off while being closely guarded by Barriere's Jordan Lefeuvre as  Keaton Noble (#14) looks on. The Clearwater Junior Raiders were hosting a playoff game against the Barriere Junior Cougars on Feb 9.

Clearwater's Aidan Sim looks to pass off while being closely guarded by Barriere's Jordan Lefeuvre as Keaton Noble (#14) looks on. The Clearwater Junior Raiders were hosting a playoff game against the Barriere Junior Cougars on Feb 9.

Barriere and Clearwater (who finished league play in third place ahead of Barriere) clashed in a Junior Boys Basketball playoff game on Thursday, Feb. 9, in Clearwater. Barriere (led by former Raiders’ coach Jon Brady) lead all the way in a 32 – 23 win to advance through to the next round. Barriere’s Jordan Lefeuvre laid in 15 points while Brandon Proppe popped in another six. Brock VanDamme was high scorer for Clearwater with 10 points.

The next night, Raiders coach Skye Buck took his charges up against Kamloops Christian School in a challenge match. Clearwater came away with a win, which earned them another playoff game against Barriere, played in Merritt on Saturday Feb. 11.

The Junior Raiders exacted a measure of revenge with a solid win over the Junior Cougars, thus earning third place in the playoffs. Coach Buck was pleased with the effort from this young team which includes Grade 8 to Grade 10 players.  He cited an improved team approach as the reason for the final win over Barriere.