LANGLEY — Here’s a look at the three games which determined third to eighth at this season’s Tsumura Basketball Invitational which wrapped up Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
FLEETWOOD PARK 78 SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL 66
LANGLEY — Surrey’s unranked Fleetwood Park Dragons, nursing a 54-53 lead after three quarters against Vancouver’s No. 5-ranked Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs, hit three threes as part of a 15-3 fourth-quarter run on their way to a 78-66 victory.
“It’s a really big thing for our guys,” said Dragons’ assistant coach Zoel Thibault of his team’s third-place finish, in terms of building a team identity on the provincial scene. “We’ve been talking about improving with time and our mantra has been that if we can create enough whispers, over time, those whispers become some noise. This was a lot of fun for our guys, and we want to keep building. We have a lot to do still.”
Guard Isaiah Young led the winners with 28 points, while forward Eesher Sarai added 26 more. Grade 10 guard Inder Deol scored 11.
Churchill, ravaged by injury, got 20 points from Paolo Murphy, 17 from Jackson Bryson, and 14 from Grade 10 guard Luka Subotic.
ABBOTSFORD 87 A.R. MACNEILL 70
LANGLEY — Senior guard Jahvon Maksymiw scored a game-high 26 points, while Grade 11 forward Dilveer Randhawa added 18 more as the Panthers topped Richmond’s A.R. MacNeill Ravens.
Hayden Sansalone, a Grade 11 guard, added a further 12 for the winners.
The Ravens were led by the 23 points of forward Everett Swaim, and the 22 of Josh Mayan. Guards Marco Esteban and Cam Pacheco added 13 and 12 respectively.
CLAREMONT 84 ST. THOMAS MORE 74
LANGLEY — Burnaby’s Knights fell behind 19-1 to start the contest and looked helplessly lost, yet rallied over the latter stages to pull within 65-62 before faltering down the stretch against Victoria’s Spartans.
Claremont guard Izzy Helman was in a zone throughout, pouring home a game-high 38 points in the victory. The guard was ably supported by fell back-court mate Gavin O’Sullivan who supplied 14 points.
Knights’ point guard Tarrance Booker scored 25 points, while forward Chris Ainsley added 17 and guard Tristan Schianni 10.
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