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Reiver headliners fill up the buckets
It’s been a record-breaking couple of weeks on the hardwood for the Kildonan-East Reivers.
It all started when Ayob Ayob, the dominant 6-foot-6 member of the boys’ team, scored 48 points against Garden City in the final game of the regular season to set a school record.
Then in a KPAC playoff game against Maples Collegiate, Ayob raised the bar again, notching 50 points.
The fun didn’t end there. Christina Posthumus, the 6-foot-2 star of the girls’ team decided to get into the act two nights later. In a B-side playoff game against Springfield Collegiate, Posthumus got on a roll and finished with 53 points to claim the record for herself.
"My teammates all said it would be funny if I could break (Ayob’s) record the next game," Posthumus said. "At halftime I had 30, so my coach decided I should go for it and see if I could do it."
While Posthumus is often called upon to carry the ball up the court for her team, she was able to park herself close to the basket and use her size for most of her scoring against Springfield.
The longtime provincial team member is fielding offers from a number of Canadian and U.S. colleges, and hasn’t yet decided where her game will take her next season.
As happy as Posthumus was with her showing, one more basket could have come in handy around the dinner table. Her mother Diana, Kildonan-East’s principal and a former University of Winnipeg basketball player, had a career-high of 54 when she attended River East Collegiate.
While the girls’ team is a longshot to earn a provincial berth, Ayob’s squad was ranked fourth headed into the playoffs.
The Transcona resident came to Canada from Sudan when he was six years old and has always been into basketball.
"My (scoring) has really taken off lately," said the Grade 12 student. "Last year I showed some signs towards the end of the season, and at the beginning of this season I had more confidence."
Much of that confidence came from being part of Manitoba’s silver medal-winning under-17 team from last summer’s national championship. Ayob said playing with and against other elite players gave his game a major lift.
Although he’s big enough to be one of the tallest post players in the province, Ayob has the quickness and skill set to play on the wing as well.
"Normally I see how the defender plays me," he said, when asked how he gets his points. "Because I’m quicker than a normal post, I can get buckets from the wings, and can hit some threes."
With the Reivers a serious contender for a provincial crown, Ayob is hoping the threat of his offence will help the entire team.
"I think our team can be successful with me only scoring 20 or 25," he said. "If the team needs me to score I can, but I’m going to look to get my teammates open more than myself."
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