Photo credit: Norm LeBus

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The Vikes Basketball Alumni hosted the inaugural Senior Boys Invitational Dec 28-30 at CARSA Performance Gym. There were 12 games in total and the tourney was capped off with the Ballard Beavers dominating the Harry Ainlay Titans of Edmonton by the score of 87-59 to capture the tournament final on Friday afternoon.

Arguably the main event went Thursday as the Beavers defeated the Walnut Grove Titans of Langley, 91-77, which is something that no team has done so far this season.

Friday, the Oak Bay Bays edged the Titans 79-78, to hand them their second loss in as many days.

Walnut Grove boasts a 6’9” Jake Cowley, 6’8″ Andrew Goertzen and 6’5″ Brett Christensen. The three towers helped the Gators dominate the first half of Thursday’s game; however, their height alone wasn’t enough. The Beavers nearly evened the score at the half 46-43, after being down by as much as 10 points early in the second quarter.

The Beavers turned to team defence after being out-rebounded at both ends and managed to rally during the final quarter, which included a 13-0 run.

Photo credit: Norm LeBus

Each day, all teams played and during day one Oak Bay Bays defeated the Vashon Island Pirates of Washington State by the score of 60-43, while the St. Michael’s University Blue Jags lost to the Titans 91-81. The Lambrick Park Lions lost to the Beavers 58-79. A fourth game on the day saw Walnut Grove defeat Kingston (Washington) 92-82.

On day two Lambrick lost to Kingston 78-62, while St. Michael’s prevailed over Vashon Island 69-63 and Oak Bay lost to Hairy Ainlay of Edmonton 81-71.

Lambrick ended up going 0-3 during the tournament as they lost to Vashon Island 71-64. St. Michael’s went 1-2 as they lost to Kitsap’s Kingston 74-47, but it was Friday that the Bays managed to pull out the win over the Gators by one point, 78-79 to go 2-1.

All the scores are available at the BC Boys High School Basketball website>>
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