Story by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
(ISN) – The Oak Bay Breakers defeated Kamloops 47-41 Saturday to bring home the 2012 BC High School Girls Basketabll Junior Provincial title.
While the vast majority of high school basketball press and attention was on the myriad of “AAA”, ‘AA” and “A” Provincial basketball finals going on this week, the Oak Bay Breakers Junior Girl’s Basketball team was quietly playing their way to a Provincial title in Langley, capping it off with a 47-41 victory over Kamloops in the title game on Saturday.
The win in the final capped off a perfect weekend for the Breakers as they opened the tournament with a 65-51 win over Selkirk and then followed up with a 55-39 win over Brookswood and a nail-biting 34-33 win over St. Thomas Aquinas in the quarter and semi-finals respectively.
The Breakers were led in the tournament by Morgan Ross Kelly who was named tournament MVP. Chloe Campbell and Marisa Harrington were also named to the 1st and 2nd All-Star teams respectively.
In Junior Boys Provincial action, the Claremont Spartans had to be satisfied with the Silver Medal, as they were defeated 48-39 by host Vancouver College in the championship game.
The game was tied 30-30 going into the final frame but Vancouver College made a run at the start of the quarter to establish a bit of a cushion, which they hung on to for the win.
The Spartans finish the season with an impressive record of 38-2, with both losses coming in tournament finals to Vancouver College.
In the final, Luke Collombin was Claremont’s top scorer with 14 points. He was also awarded a 1st Team All-Star. Teammate Alex Jordache was awarded a 2nd Team All-Star and Zac Christianson was chosen for the team award.
In the Senior Girl’s “AA” Provincials championship final, the Lambrick Park Pride looked to have things in control with a 57-48 third-quarter lead, but then were outscored 21-4 in the fourth, to drop a heart-breaking 69-61 decision to Britannia.
The Pride’s five starters played their hearts out for the entire game, notably Tyger Holt, who put up a 30-point performance. Teammate Emma Entzminger would add 15. Holt and teammates Chelsea Strandlund and McKenzie Smith were also named to the All-Tournament All Star Team.
In other action featuring Island teams wrapping up Saturday, Brentwood College was defeated in the Bronze medal game of the Senior Boy’s “AA” Provincials by G.W. Graham 65-54. Also in that tournament, the Lambrick Park Lions closed out their season falling to Archbishop Carney 63-55, while SMUS also fell, 77-70 to Duchess Park.
In the Senior Girl’s “AAA” Provincials, the Claremont Spartans fell to a 7th place finish after a 65-55 loss to Maple Ridge, while the Oak Bay Breakers went out on a winning note, securing 11th place with a 76-43 win over New Westminster.
The Senior Boys “AAA” Provincials kick-off on Tuesday March 13th in Langley, where Oak Bay, Belmont and Mount Doug will be on hand to represent Vancouver Island.