Falcons earn first-ever spot in B.C. final four
The Sardis secondary senior boys basketball team made history this week, becoming the first Chilliwack team ever to win a spot in the final four of the BC High School Boys 4A Basketball Championships.
The seventh-seeded Falcons knocked off second seed Gleneagle 81-62 Thursday, and now face Holy Cross in the semi final at the Langley Events Centre tonight at 8:30 p.m.
"The boys, who have put in hundreds of hours of practice time over the last couple years to get to this moment, have earned the right to be in the semi finals...," Falcons coach Kyle Graves said. "The players went out and executed and played as hard as they have ever played in beating the number-two seed Gleneagle Talon's. We look forward to playing in front of a great crowd tonight as we try to get to the championship game"
Sardis shot the lights out against Gleneagle in the first half Thursday, draining 60 per cent, or 16 out of 27 shots, from the field, and taking a nine-point lead into the break.
They extended that lead by another four points in the third and five points in the fourth.
Eric Rogers led the Falcons offence, scoring 21 points and pulling down nine rebounds.
Hayden Lejeune put up 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and two steals before fouling out of the game.
Grade 10 phenom Colin Kellington also added 18 points, including three out of five three-point attempts.
Grayden Northey and Cam Servatius scored points each, and Evan Kellington and Brayden Sparks-Chinda each chipped in another two.
Sardis secondary will hold a pep rally today at lunch to get the team pumped up, and the school has organized a fan bus and Sardis Drumline appearance for tonight's semi-final game in Langley.
"It couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of boys," Sardis principal Diego Testa said of Thursday's win. "It's a real good-news story."
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