Silver for Wildcat boys

LANGLEY – The Tamanawis Wildcats fell short Sunday (Dec. 7), losing 95-73 to the Kelowna Owls in the Tsumura Basketball Invitational boys’ final.

Wildcats’ co-coach Doug Mackenzie said he’s satisfied with the silver medal, but wished the performance was more consistent.

“I just wish we could’ve played with more intensity in this game,” he said, noting Tamanawis couldn’t maintain spells of pressure on Kelowna.

“It starts in practice. The guys need to push each other harder in practice.”

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 Sunday’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.’s seventh-best team, according to The

Province’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.

“For us, it’s about consistency,” he said. “It’s about creating good habits and trying to be consistent, and that’s hard at the high school level.”

North Surrey finished fourth after losing 71-69 to Abbotsford in the bronze-medal game.

In the girls’ 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.

kyle.benning@gmail.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Claiming she has COVID-19, stranger coughs in Cloverdale woman’s face

Clayton Heights woman will now self-isolate for the next two weeks

Police watchdog finds cops blameless for deaths in 2019 Surrey hostage-taking

Woman was killed as ERT officers fired on man holding a knife to her throat and ‘what appeared to be’ a gun in his hand

No, Delta police are not pulling over cars to check for social distancing

DPD dispelling rumour cops pulling over vehicles with two or more people, checking IDs, issuing fines

White Rock/South Surrey experts launch website of mental-health resources

Together White Rock/South Surrey aims to help ease the search for supports

B.C. couple celebrates 61st anniversary through seniors’ home window

Frank and Rena Phillips marked occasion at Nanaimo Seniors Village this week while social distancing

A look at some of the B.C. inventors creating life-saving tools in fight against COVID-19

Groups across B.C. are working together to create what they hope will help people affected by the pandemic

Association launches French-language games, online tools for families learning at home

Games, culture and vocabulary included in new virtual resources

‘There can be no ambiguity’: Travellers brought home to B.C. must self-isolate

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the mandatory isolation must be abided by

55+ BC Games cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Greater Victoria set to host 2021 event

BC Hydro offers three-month bill ‘holiday’ for those affected by COVID-19

Industrial customers can defer half of their power bills

VIDEO: Dog missing in Lower Mainland since winter sees his family again for the first time

Aldergrove helped find Buster, says dad, who has now witnessed ‘the power of social media’

Some April Fool’s Day jokes bring much-needed laughter; others tone deaf to COVID-19

Police are warning the public not to use the ongoing pandemic as a punchline

Canada’s 75% wage subsidy is coming, but not for several weeks: finance minister

Subsidy will cost Canada $71 billion, but push down cost of emergency benefit, Morneau said

Most Read