Few high school teams can rival the Kelowna Owls senior boys basketball in terms of kilometres travelled over the course of a season.
Yet with the pandemic and the flooding playing havoc on its primary method of preparing for the annual grind that is the B.C. senior boys Quad-A basketball championships next month, the stalwart KSS program has been understandably absent from the Vancouver-Fraser Valley scene in which it has so regular competed.
This week, however, with the start of the provincial boys championships at the Langley Events Centre one month from opening tip, those No. 9-ranked Owls will fly south and face three fellow Top 10 foes.
On Thursday, the Owls will be at Burnaby South to face the No. 1-ranked, undefeated and reigning provincial champion Rebels at 7:45 p.m.
On Friday (5 p.m.), Kelowna will test out the new gym at North Vancouver’s Handsworth Secondary when it faces the host and No. 7-ranked Royals.
And finally, on Saturday at high noon, it’s off to historic Vancouver College to face the No. 2-ranked Fighting Irish.
“This is our measuring stick to see where we stand,” said Owls head coach Harry Parmar, whose program has only played a fraction of the games it normally has, especially compared to his 2016 and 2017 teams which finished, respectively, first and second in B.C.
“It’s been hard, but no excuses,” Parmar said. “You have to find a way to get to the end. No one gives you anything. Our goal is still to get to March 12.”
That date, of course, is in reference to final day of the season, and the Owls, like the rest of B.C.’s top teams, have their sights setting on tipping off in the day’s final game.
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