GW Graham junior basketball Grizzlies fight hard at provincials

The Grizzlies were in tough against powerhouse programs, but finished the tournament with a win.

GW Graham’s junior boys basketball team went 2-3 at last weekend’s invitational provincial tournament.

The Grizz were seeded 31st overall in the 32 team tournament, which was held at the Langley Events Centre. GWG drew a super tough opponent in their opening game Saturday, facing No. 2 seed Vancouver College.

The Fighting Irish dealt them an 81-34 defeat.

Guard Clay Kurtz led the Grizzlies with 10 points and guard Dylan Brooks added eight.

In their second game, Saturday night, GWG fell 77-44 to the No. 15 seed St. Michaels University School (Victoria). Kurtz counted for almost half of the offence, knocking down a couple three-point shots on his way to 20 points.

The Grizzlies cracked the win column Sunday morning with a 53-50 triumph over No. 23 seed Lord Tweedsmuir (Surrey). Jared Hall had a nice game, producing 18 points. Kurtz collected 17, including two three-point bombs, and Samuel Mannes drained a big three pointer in the fourth quarter.

GW Graham suffered a heartbreaking loss in their fourth outing, falling 57-55 to Ladysmith Monday afternoon, but they wrapped up the tournament with a win, beating Duchess Park (Prince George) by a 70-51 count Tuesday.

Kurtz led the Grizz with 21 points. Brooks collected 18 points, including two three pointers, and Logan Buchwitz tallied 14.

“Despite going into the tournament without our full roster, the boys were excited to experience the provincials at the Langley Events Centre,” said coach Colleen Folka. “We battled through some tough games, but came away with two wins against Lord Tweedsmuir and Duchess Park. It was the perfect way for the team to finish following our competitive season.”

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