Graham great on home court

GW Graham's senior boys won their own tournament last weekend, highlighted by a huge win over St. Thomas More.

GW Graham’s senior boys took the title on home court, winning their Showcase Invitational basketball tournament last weekend.

The Grizzlies started with a 72-42 demolition of the Westsyde Whundas.

Advancing to the semi-finals, GWG took down the St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights, the No. 4 ranked AAA team in the province.

GWG head coach Jake Mouritzen called it the program’s biggest win in two years.

“On the score sheet we were once again led by Gabe Mannes with 23 and Ryan Trottier with 17,” he added. “However, player of the game went to Jordon Breuker. He came off the bench and played stifling defence, changing the flow and allowing the team to attack the Knights in the second half.”

Breuker and company took on South Okanagan secondary school in the Saturday night championship game. Mateo Urbano was the star in this one, leading GWG to a 81-74 win.

Mannes was named the tournament most valuable player.

Trottier’s efforts earned him a spot on the first all-star team. Phil Weston earned second all-star honours.


— The GW Graham senior girls basketball squad has earned an honourable mention in the latest provincial rankings after a strong showing at their home tournament.

The girls finished 1-2 at last weekend’s Invitational Showcase, but showed well against top-tier competition.

The Grizzlies bombed the Carson Graham Eagles for their only victory, winning by 45 points.

Matched up against the province’s No. 1 team, the St. Thomas More Knights, the Grizzlies trailed by 30 points at the start of the fourth quarter. A late rally got the girls within 16.

The final game was against No. 7 ranked Notre Dame, with GWG losing by four points.

“At times I have one Grade 8, one Grade 9 and three Grade 11s on the floor versus some of the top senior teams in the province,” said GWG coach Sarah Mouritzen. “But I have a great group of girls with a lot of fight!”

The Grizzly girls face Samuel Robertson Tech Thursday.