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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The host SMUS boy’s team would place third in the competition after a definitive 62-44 win over a talented Maple Ridge team.
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.
Ballenas’ Whalers Makayla Hoey would be named the girls tournament MVP for her efforts.
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