Hawks top Falcons in battle of basketball birds

Abbotsford's W.J. Mouat Hawks dealt the Sardis Falcons an 80-71 loss in a clash of AAAA basketball titans Tuesday night.

Sardis big man Hayden Lejeune had 23 points, but it wasn’t enough to save his Falcons from an 80-71 senior boys basketball loss Tuesday night.

The Falcons seemed surprised to be facing a full-strength Mouat team that got several players back from a well-publicized hazing suspension. The Hawks, placed ninth provincially in the late December AAAA rankings, were forced to sit seven players after an off-court incident in Edmonton. The team was in the Alberta capital Dec. 5-7 for the Mike Dea Classic, hosted by St. Francis Xavier high school.

Few specifics have leaked out, with Hawks coach Rich Ralston describing whatever happened as ‘very poor decision making.’

Facing the re-loaded Hawks, Sardis got a 19 point effort from Colin Kellington and 12 points from Grayden Northey. While there was plenty to pick apart, the team’s long-range shooting was a bright spot. The Falcons nailed 15 three-pointers.

They try to rebound Monday night against another Abbotsford powerhouse. The Yale Lions visit Sardis for an 8:15 tipoff.