School basketball roundup
Simgle-A title for Unity
Unity Christian’s senior girls basketball team captured the single-A Fraser Valley Championship title Saturday.
Playing in front of a packed Unity gym, the girls earned their second Fraser Valley banner in the school’s 12-year history by taking down Langley archrivals Credo Christian 62-49.
Andrea Vanryk led the Unity offence with 22 points, while Cassandra Taekema chipped in another 11.
The Flames had earned a spot in the final after brushing aside Agassiz 79-26 in the semis Friday.
Unity’s Adriana Brouwer was awarded the Fraser Valley MVP, while Sarah Haan and Andrea Van Ryk took home all-star honours.
“The Fraser Valley win has been a result of a lot of hard work by the girls in not only this season, but ones leading up to it,” said Unity coach Dave Bron. “It was such a great feeling to see them succeed as a result of this dedication.
Bron’s squad now heads to the provincial championships in Vernon March 5 to 8.
Better in than out
Unity Christian’s senior boys basketball team earned a spot at the single-A provincial championships but failed to repeat as Fraser Valley champions Saturday.
The boys guaranteed their provincial berth with a 54-41 win over eighth-ranked Credo Christian Thursday.
But the final against B.C. Christian Saturday saw no heroic buzzer beater like the one that earned Unity the banner against the same opponent last year.
Jon Vugteveen earned tournament all-star honours after averaging 17.3 points per game, 5.4 assists and 9.2 rebounds.
Clay Driesen also received an all-star nod, averaging 15.8 points per game and 6.8 rebounds.
Unity is now seeded third entering the provincial tournament at the Langley Events Centre March 4 to 8, and will be gunning for the school’s first-ever provincial title.
Silver for Vedder middle
Vedder middle school’s Grade 9 girls basketball team captured silver at the Fraser Valley Championship last Friday.
The Vipers earned a spot in the final after a 29-24 win over Centennial last Wednesday and a 41-28 victory over Heritage Woods Thursday.
In Friday’s game, they held Lord Tweedsmuir to 19-10 after three quarters, but Tweedsmuir’s deep 14-player bench eventually outlasted the Viper’s nine players.
Hannah Tonsaker led Vedder’s offence with seven points. Makena Lejeune put up four and Jade Victor scored two.
Lejeune and Catherine Toop also took home league all-star honours.
Sr. Falcons need a win
The Sardis secondary senior boys basketball team put itself into a must-win situation after losing 76-46 to Gleneagle in round two of the Fraser Valley Championships Monday.
The fifth seed Falcons kicked off the tournament with a 78-60 win over 12th seed Heritage Woods Friday, but fell to fourth seed Gleneagle this week.
Sardis now needs to win its next two games to earn one of the Fraser Valley’s six spots at the B.C. Championships next month.
Their next game is against Yale tonight (Feb. 27) at 8:15 p.m. at Fleetwood Park in Surrey.
A win will put them up against either W.J. Mouat or MEI Friday at the Langley Events Centre.
Tough loss for Graham
G.W. Graham’s senior boys basketball ended their season with a 98-73 loss to Delview in the bronze medal game of the double-A Fraser Valley Championships Saturday.
The team began the tournament with a 95-80 win over Langley Christian last Wednesday, but lost to Pacific Academy 89-74 last Thursday.
The Grizzlies clawed their way into the third-place matchup with a close 78-74 win over Archbishop Carney Friday.
Grizzlies Grade 12 Ryan Kaplanis earned league first all-star honours, while Grade 9 phenom Gabe Mannes took home a second team all star.