Spartans and Dragons Capture 2017 Victoria Police Hoops Championships

Teclehaimanot scores 51 points to lead the Dragons to victory

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January 14, 2016 Victoria (ISN) - King George Dragons 2017 Victoria Police Basketball Champions - Erich Eichorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

January 14,2017  Victoria, BC (ISN) – Hoopster Double ‘A’ Champions were decided Saturday at St. Michaels’ University School as the 2017 Victoria Police Basketball Tournament came to a close, lifting both the King George Dragons and the Claremont Spartans to tournament championship titles in the process.

January 14, 2017 Victoria, BC (ISN) - Dragon's John Dimalanta meets some resistance at the basket as Austin Somers of Lambrick and Zeke Holt fill the paint in defence - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
January 14, 2017 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Dragon’s John Dimalanta meets some resistance at the basket as Austin Somers of Lambrick and Zeke Holt fill the paint in defence – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

In the boys division, Vancouver’s King George Dragon boys team (ranked #5 in BCHSBB ‘AA’ rankings) over came a resilient squad in Victoria’s own Lambrick Park Lions (#9) as Dragons’ sharp shooter Yoel Teclehaimanot would put on a clinic, scoring 51 points to lead his team to a 71-57 win. Teclemhaimanot would be named tournament MVP for his 3-day tournament performance.

January 14, 2016  Victoria (ISN) - King George Dragons Yoel Teclehaimanot would score 51 points to lift his team to a 71-57 win over Lambrick in boys action - Erich Eichorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
January 14, 2016 Victoria (ISN) – King George Dragons Yoel Teclehaimanot would score 51 points to lift his team to a 71-57 win over Lambrick in boys action – Erich Eichorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Lambrick Park was equal to the Dragon’s play much of the first half. Despite falling behind by seven points at the opening tip off, Lambrick would rally late to finish the first quarter down by only a pair 17-15. Both teams would draw even in the second frame as the Lion’s Calvin Somers and Dragons Teclehaimanot would trade baskets scoring 12 and 13 points in the second quarter alone respectively, with all of Somers’ points coming from behind the arc. The Dragons would enjoy a narrow 33-31 lead at the half.

January 14,2017  Victoria (ISN) - Austin Somers, part of Lambrick Park's dynamic back court duo, carries the ball up court on his way to an 18pt performance - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
January 14,2017 Victoria (ISN) – Austin Somers, part of Lambrick Park’s dynamic back court sibling duo, carries the ball up court on his way to an 18pt performance – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The third quarter would make the difference in the game as the Lion’s offense would fade away half way through the third quarter under some stiff defensive pressure and the hot hand of Teclehaimanot. The Dragons would extend their lead scoring unanswered by the Lions in their next 14 points that would, in hindsight be the difference in the game.

Ahead 57-43 to start the final quarter, the Dragons would score four three-pointers in a row to breath some fire into any Lion’s hope of a comeback. With that scoring burst, the Dragons would all but seal their championship win, jumping out to what would seem an insurmountable 71-52 lead with four minutes remaining.

January 14, 2017 Victoria, BC (ISN) - Lambrick Park's Zeke Holt tries to get  a hand on the Teclehaimanot shot - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
January 14, 2017 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Lambrick Park’s Zeke Holt tries to get a hand on the Teclehaimanot shot – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Lion’s, scoring the last five points, would find themselves short of time, and with the final buzzer, handing the Dragons the championship win.

January 14,2017  Victoria, BC (ISN) - 2017 Victoria Police Boys champions King George Dragons
January 14,2017 Victoria, BC (ISN) – 2017 Victoria Police Boys champions King George Dragons

 

The host SMUS boy’s team would place third in the competition after a definitive 62-44 win over a talented Maple Ridge team.

January 14, 2017   Victoria, BC (iSN) - SMUS' Sammy de Vries dishes the ball off on a baseline drive . Host SMUS boys would place 3rd in the tournament  - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
January 14, 2017 Victoria, BC (iSN) – SMUS’ Sammy de Vries dishes the ball off on a baseline drive . Host SMUS boys would place 3rd in the tournament – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

 

In girls championship action, the Claremont Spartans would defeat the Ballenas Whalers of Parksville 64-57 to take lift the championship trophy. Both would punch their ticket to the big show after each would tally 18 point wins over Southridge and Unity Christian respectively on Friday afternoon.

January 14, 2017   Victoria, BC (iSN) - Centre court the Claremont Spartans girls basketball team pose with the championship trophy - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
January 14, 2017 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Centre court the Claremont Spartans girls basketball team pose with the championship trophy – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Ballenas’ Whalers Makayla Hoey would be named the girls tournament MVP for her efforts.

Makayla Hoey Ballenas Whalers
January 14, 2017 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Ballenas Whaler Makayla Hoey is presented with the tournament MVP trophy for her tournament best effort. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Named to the tournament Allstar Team were :

Girls Allstars – Team

Madisen Muncey-Buckley – Southridge

Grace vanden Brink – Unity Christian

Seirra Resig – Claremont

Kate Reynolds – Ballenas

Lauren Montgomery Stinson – Claremont

 

Boys Allstars – Team

Austin Somers – Lambrick

Ryan Hindson – SMUS

Tristan Coumont – Maple Ridge

John Dimalanta – King George

Calvin Somers – Lambrick

January 14, 2017   Victoria, BC (ISN) - 2017 Victoria Police boys tournament allstars
January 14, 2017 Victoria, BC (ISN) – 2017 Victoria Police boys tournament allstars

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