Boys battle before bowing out

A pair of local boys teams were also active in basketball provincials last week.

The G.W. Graham Grizzlies travelled to Kamloops for the AA tournament, finishing ninth out of 16 teams. The Grizzlies opened with a 72-46 loss to  Burnaby’s St. THomas More Collegiate, followed by a 71-68 bounceback win over Prince Rupert.

GWG kept rolling with a 73-65 win over Richmond’s Hugh Boyd secondary school. The Grizzly run came to an end in the semi-finals, with a 69-66 loss to South Surrey’s Southridge secondary school.

South Okanagan secondary school won the tournament, downing Brentwood in the title game.

At single A provincials, it was the Unity Christian Flames finishing 10th in a field of 16 teams.

The Flames started off with an upset, beating the seventh seeded Glenlyon Norfolk Gryphons 76-49.

UC had to play the second, third and fourth seeds in back-to-back-to-back games, with somewhat predictable results.

UC put up a fierce fight before falling to second seeded West Point Grey 62-57. West Point Grey ended up in the tournament final while UC moved on to losses against third-seeded Langley and fourth-seeded Bodewell.

Grade 12 athlete Michael Haan averaged 21 points per game. Nathan Vugteveen (Grade 11) averaged 19.5 and Ryan Billsten (Grade 10) finished the tournament with 11 three-pointers.