Rattlers struggle in Kelowna

After cruising to an easy tournament win in Grand Forks earlier this month, the Osoyoos Rattlers got a bit of a wake-up call over the weekend.

The Rattler men, after learning they were ranked ninth among the province’s 1A basketball teams, dropped a pair of contests in Kelowna Thursday and Friday.

“Well, that did not go as planned,” said head coach Casey Brouwer after the second loss Friday.

The Rattlers, who averaged 115 points through their first four games, put up another big number Thursday in the Kelowna Christian School Tournament opener but fell 112-104 to the 2A Princess Margaret Mustangs of Penticton.

That put the Rattlers on the consolation side of the draw and an early-Friday morning meeting with Kelowna Immaculata Mustangs.

The Rattlers fell 105-86 in that contest.

The Rattlers, Brouwer said, got into early foul trouble and missed some key shots.

“We looked at the losses as lessons,” said Brouwer Sunday. “(The team) realized a few areas they need to focus on and that is our goal for the holiday season.”

Chilliwack’s Unity Christian won the Kelowna tournament.

The Rattlers next play January 9 when they host the Similkameen Secondary Sparks.

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