LANGLEY â€” The Tamanawis Wildcats fell short Sunday (Dec. 7), losing 95-73 to the Kelowna Owls in the Tsumura Basketball Invitational boysâ€™ final.
Wildcatsâ€™ co-coach Doug Mackenzie said heâ€™s satisfied with the silver medal, but wished the performance was more consistent.
â€œI just wish we couldâ€™ve played with more intensity in this game,â€ he said, noting Tamanawis couldnâ€™t maintain spells of pressure on Kelowna.
â€œIt starts in practice. The guys need to push each other harder in practice.â€
Aminder Basra finished the game with a team-high 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Miguel Tomley chipped in with 18 points.
The Wildcats beat Brookswood 70-52 on Friday and Abbotsford 78-69 on Saturday to make it to Sundayâ€™s final of the eight-team tournament at Langley Events Centre.
Mackenzie noted he still has a young squad that showed a lot of strength to come back to beat Abbotsford in the semifinal.
Kelowna entered the tournament ranked as B.C.â€™s seventh-best team, according to The Provinceâ€™s Big 10 Rankings, while the Wildcats are an honourable mention on the list.
The Fleetwood Park Dragons finished seventh at the tournament after defeating neighbouring Enver Creek 63-55 on Sunday.
Nick Day, assistant coach of the Dragons, felt his team could have been in the final, but found it hard to rebound after a tough opening-game loss to Abbotsford, 67-63 in overtime.
Day noted the team has to be more clinical on offence in the future.
â€œFor us, itâ€™s about consistency,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s about creating good habits and trying to be consistent, and thatâ€™s hard at the high school level.â€
North Surrey finished fourth after losing 71-69 to Abbotsford in the bronze-medal game.
In the girlsâ€™ bracket, Holy Cross finished the tournament in seventh after beating Mark Isfeld 69-29 on Sunday.
Head coach Steve Beauchamp was satisfied with how his team played, giving Handsworth and Charles Best a run for their money.
â€œItâ€™s still pretty early in the season for us and we have a lot of kids on this team (who) are trying to learn the system.â€
Beauchamp said the team still has to figure out what their identity will be and they canâ€™t rely on California-bound Nicole Vander Helm to score all of their points.