The 70th annual BC High School Basketball championships began today at the Langley Events Centre. This year’s tournament features four teams from Surrey: Fleetwood Park, Lord Tweedsmuir, Semiahmoo and Southridge.
Semiahmoo opened up the tourney with a 93-70 upset win over the Cowichan Thunderbirds. Cowichan came out strong to start the game and they took a 19-18 lead over the Semiahmoo Totems after 1 quarter. In the 2nd quarter, Semiahmoo took control of the game taking a 50-39 in to half time and that was a lead they wouldn’t give up for the remainder of the game. Guard Patrick Dujmovic was a key part of why the Totems would win this game. Dujmovic put up 26 points and 4 rebounds and would be named the player of the game. That’s not to say it wasn’t a team effort though as guard Curtis Harvey equaled Dujmovic’s 26 points while forward Elias Ellison put up 18 points and guard Brian Spanier put 16 points on the scoresheet. The Totems return to the basketball court tomorrow evening at 8:15PM to take on 2nd ranked Yale.
The next team to hit the court was Lord Tweedsmuir, who returned to the tournament for the first time since 1953. The Panthers put the other teams on notice with a huge 73-47 win over the West Vancouver Highlanders. One of the keys to their success this year as been their balanced attack, and that was definitely showcased in this game. Guard Brett Norris was the most impressive player in this game and finished his game with 15 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Anthony Kucharek and KJ Johnson each had 14 points and Justin Mason had a team-high 20 points. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the game was Lord Tweedsmuir’s lacklustre performance from the free throw line going a measly 3 for 14. The fairy tale story Panthers will have their hands full tomorrow as they take on the defending champions Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs.
Perhaps the game I was looking forward to the most was the 3rd game between the Southridge Storm and Nechako Valley Vikings. This wasn’t supposed to be a tight game by any account and it wasn’t. The Storm got out to an early 28-12 lead and didn’t look back from there taking the game by a score of 88-69. Hunter Hughes was the star early on, with a massive dunk just over a minute in to the game. The six foot seven star forward put up 31 points in this game and probably would have put up more if not for having to sit on the bench to let other kids play. Matthew Andreou was a surprise player in the Storm win with a beautiful steal late in the game and converting on the play with a lay-up. Southridge will look to continue their dominance tomorrow as they return to the courts to take on Clarence Fulton.
The final game I had a chance to see was another blowout. The Fleetwood Park Dragons came in to this tournament as contenders to take home the championships this year and their dominant 84-34 win over the Dawson Creek Wolves showed why. The Wolves really had no chance in this game, and were lucky to keep the game within 50 points. In a game like this, no single player can really stand out, but one who did was Armaan Khangura who dominated the lanes and led the Dragons to victory. The Dragons will face a tougher challenge tomorrow when they take on the defending champion St. Thomas More Knights.