Nylan Roberts of the Yale Lions was unstoppable against the R.E. Mountain Eagles during Eastern Valley Quad-A championship final played Sunday night at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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With shades of past Yale glory, the Brothers Roberts harken memories of 2015’s Jauquin-Riley duo as Lions tops Mountain for 4A Valley East crown!

LANGLEY — You sat courtside and watched their efficiency.

Your eye would wander to the scoreboard, where at times it seemed like the digits were changing at hyper speed.

In the end, against an R.E, Mountain Eagles team of Langley, which has earned so much on its own merit with its recent groundbreaking berth to the upcoming B.C. Quad-A championships, Abbotsford’s Yale Lions looked like something out of the school own glorious past en route to a 118-67 win.

What we’re referring to is its 2015 B.C. championship team, that one which included two ultra-dynamic scorers in guards Jauquin Bennett-Boire and Riley Braich.

And so in the aftermath of a 118-67 win over Mountain in the Eastern Valley championship game, Lions’ head coach Euan Roberts, whose team is not currently ranked in the B.C. Quad-A Top 10, was asked if he saw any similarities in this season team versus its 2015 big brother, both of which he coached.

They are different teams because these guys are a little taller than Jacquin and Riley so we’re able to go inside and a lot outside with the threes,” said Roberts, whose team had also already qualified for provincials but gained a better draw for itself based on its freshly-minted Eastern Valley championship status.

“But I think if there was a similarity, I think we had two really good players on that team and we have two really good players in this team.”

Those two new ones happen to be Roberts’ sons — 6-foot-6 Grade 12 Nylan and 6-foot-4 Grade 10 Taige — yet if that makes you doubt the source, then shame on you.

Yale’s Taige Roberts tangles with an R.E. Mountain double team including Soy Ryu (15) during Eastern Valley Quad-A championship final played Sunday night at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2024. All Rights Reserved)

On Sunday the brothers were a dominant force on both sides of the floor, and when it came to putting the scoreboard operator on overdrive, the numbers were almost comical.

Nylan Roberts, picked the tourney MVP, scored 34 points, while baby brother Taige Roberts scored a game-high 44. That’s 78 of the team’s 118 points.

“We have (Isaiah) Falk and (Aaron) Adams as guard and Darius Best has played very well for us,” said Roberts, so maybe we have a bit more support staff here, but that 2015 team? Jauquin was unreal.., hopefully we can repeat what they did.”

Best had 11 points, Adams scored 10 and Simar Gidda added nine with three fourth-quarter triples.

Dynamic Mountain guard Kaizer Nystrom scored 11 of his team-high 23 points in the first quarter while Soy Ryu had 13.

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