GW Graham Grizzlies punch ticket to AAA basketball provincials

The Grizzlies qualified by beating a tough North Delta team in a Fraser Valley semi-final.

Anmol Shoker and Geevon Janday combined for 42 points Wednesday night, leading their GW Graham senior boys basketball team to a 70-63 win over North Delta.

The win in the Fraser Valley playoff semi-final accomplished two things.

The Grizzlies will now take on Pitt Meadows Friday night in the Fraser Valley championship game, tipping off at 8 p.m. at Clayton Heights secondary school in Surrey.

The Grizzlies have also qualified for the AAA provincials, which will be held March 6-9 at the Langley Events Centre.

North Delta was no easy out, but the third-ranked team in the province had no answer for the hot-shooting Grizz.

Shoker and Janday each shot 50 percent from the field (8 of 16) and Shoker was 6 of 11 from three point range on his way to a game-high 22 points.

Janday had 20 points, adding four assists, one steal and six rebounds.

Zachary Klim was a beast on the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds and blocking five North Delta shots. Brother Matthias Klim grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots.

Cole Wicker hit five three point shots, collecting 15 points.

“It was a total team effort from start to finish,” said GWG coach Jake Mouritzen. “The team had worked hard on preparing for this game all week. Execution was excellent at both ends of the floor.

“The entire coaching staff is super proud of all 17 players and two managers that make up this Grizzlies family!! Most of these guys have been working 11 months a year, six days a week since they entered Grade 9 at Graham. All the hard work, passion and Grizzly pride paid off last night.”

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