BURNABY — Caleb Lyons has a way of making every gym his own home, sweet home.
This week, it was the spacious, well-lit and energetic confines at Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Collegiate where he made himself comfy.
In fact after he knocked down six triples, scored a team-high 35 points and was picked the MVP of STM’s Chancellor Collegiate on Saturday night, his coach admitted as much.
“Caleb loves to travel and he seems to play his best games on the road,” said coach Jordan Yu, after his No. 2-ranked Duchess Park Condors of Prince George topped Chilliwack’s No. 1-ranked G.W. Graham Grizzlies in the Chancellor final. “But he stepped up big and he led us all weekend.”
The Condors, who have made defence their default constant, delivered in that regard once again, given the tempo of the game and the cache of hot-shooting players populating both rosters.
Yet there was one difference.
“Yes, our defence was really good and they all did their jobs boxing out and rebounding,” said Yu. “But then we were really hot from the outside, that let us spread the floor.”
On the night, the Condors dropped 17 long-distance shots through the irons.
Guards Jackson Kuc with 24 points and Cole Laing with 14 also filled it up, as did forward Emir Zejnulahovic who added 12 more.
Grizzlies’ guard Jude Hall led all scorers with 37 points. Cairo Almarez and Mattias Klim added 14 each, while Zach Klim supplied 12.
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Rhys Maestre hit nine three pointers and scored 37 points to lead Tupper’s Tigers past last season’s Chancellor champs from North Delta in the third-place game.
Tupper, amazingly, hit as may shots from outside the arc (13) as they did from inside (13).
Sagar Ranouta led the Huskies with 25 points while Eshaan Kapoor had 10.
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Surrey’s Fleetwood Park Dragons got a balanced scoring effort from its entire roster, and they needed it to hold off Brookswood’s Mason Berekoff who scored 30 in the loss.
The Dragons were led by the dual 12-point outings of Raymon Saran and Abishek Kanagasabay, and 11 more from Bhavrup Gosal.
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