BCSS 2020 Boys’ Basketball Championships

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2020 BCSS Boys’ Basketball Championships

Gr 9 Boys’ Vanocuver College Okanagan Mission Secondary School Burnaby South Secondary School
Jr Boys’ St Patrick’s Regional School Sir Winston Chruchill Secondary Kelowna Secondary
A Sr Boys’ Unity Christian School Highroad Academy Kelowna Christian
AA SR  Boys’ Charles Hays Secondary School King George Secondary School Brentwood College
AAA SR  Boys’ G W Graham Secondary School Duchess Park Secondary School Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School
AAAA Sr Boys’ Burnaby South Secondary School Kelowna Secondary Vancouver College
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Unity Christian

Highroad Academy

Final Standings

  1. Unity Christian
  2. Highroad Academy
  3. Kelowna Christian
  4. Fernie
  5. Barriere
  6. St. John’s
  7. Cedars Christian
  8. Glenlyon Norfolk
  9. Similkameen

Most Valuable Player – Keegan Schuurman, Unity Christian

Best Defensive Player – Colby Vander Kooi, Unity Christian

Championship Player of the Game – Wilclair Neufeld. Unity Christian

Most Sportsmanlike Team – Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay

First Team All-Stars
Indy Hallett, Kelowna Christian
Elijah Grimard, Highroad Christian
Caleb Graham, Unity Christian
Dawson Hartskemp, Highroad Academy
Aidan Morris, Highroad Academy

Second Team All-Stars
Cameron Kerslake, Barriere
Asher Hannemann, Fernie
Devan Boyko, Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay
Jake Sabbagh, Kelowna Christian
Colton Vander Kooi, Unity Christian



Charles Hays

King George

Final Standings

  1. Charles Hays
  2. King George
  3. Brentwood College
  4. Lambrick Park
  5. St. Thomas Aquinas
  6. George Elliot
  7. Mulgrave
  8. Abbotsford Christian
  9. Southridge

Most Valuable Player – Kai Leighton, Charles Hays

Best Defensive Player – Nikola Guzina, King George

Championship Player of the Game – Caden Pagens, Charles Hays

Most Sportsmanlike Team – J.L. Crowe

First Team All-Stars
Cormick Brown, Lambrick Park
Jansen Balmaceda, St. Thomas Aquinas
Shaw Blaisdell, Brentwood College
Tyler Jones, Charles Hays
Gareth Wintjes, King George

Second Team All-Stars
Juana Navarro, Brentwood College
Bergren Van Lent, George Elliot
Cameron Sale, D.P. Todd
Isaac Manji, Mulgrave
Rory Goodwin, St. Thomas Aquinas



G.W. Graham

Duchess Park

Final Standings

  1. G.W. Graham
  2. Duchess Park
  3. Sir Charles Tupper
  4. Vernon
  5. Pitt Meadows
  6. St. Thomas More Collegiate
  7. Magee
  8. St. Patrick
  9. A.R. MacNeill

Most Valuable Player – Clay Kurtz, G.W. Graham

Best Defensive Player – Matthis Klim, G.W. Graham

Championship Player of the Game – Clay Kurtz, G.W. Graham

Most Sportsmanlike Team – Mark R. Isfeld

First Team All-Stars
Isaiah Onrik, Vernon
Luke Tobias, Sir Charles Tupper
Zach Klim, G.W. Graham
Caleb Lyons, Duchess Park
Jackson Kuc, Duchess Park

Second Team All-Stars
Zack Smith, Vernon
Dennis Laconsay, Sir Charles Tupper
Emir Zejnulahovic, Duchess Park
Iman Ostovari, Pitt Meadows
Connor Lewis, Duchess Park



Burnaby South


Final Standings

  1. Burnaby South
  2. Kelowna
  3. Vancouver College
  4. Handsworth
  5. Centennial
  6. Oak Bay
  7. Claremont
  8. Abbotsford Senior
  9. Tamanawis

Most Valuable Player – Justin Sunga, Burnaby South

Best Defensive Player – Jacob Holt, Vancouver College

Quinn Keast Foundation Championship Player of the Game – Emir Krupic, Burnaby South

Braich Foundation Most Inspirational Player – Jamie Mollns, Oak Bay

Most Inspirational Team – Handsworth

Most Sportsmanlike Team – Prince George

School Spirit Award – Frank Hurt

First Team All-Stars
Hunter Simson, Kelowna
Ethan Boag, Claremont
Jacob Holt, Vancouver College
Dominic Parolin, Centennial
Sasha Vujisic, Burnaby South

Second Team All-Stars
Malcom Greggor, Kelowna
Lucas Maffia, Oak Bay
George Horn, Handsworth
Jonathan Haughton, Kelowna
Jareb Pineda, Burnaby South


G.W. Graham defeated Prince George’s Duchess Park Condors in the BC High School 3A Boys Basketball Tournament gold medal game

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From being on the verge of suffering an upset loss and seeing their season end prematurely to provincial champions – that has been the roller coaster ride for the G.W. Graham Grizzlies.

Just over two weeks ago, on another court at the same venue, the Grizzlies were five minutes away from not even qualifying for the provincial tournament. It was February

A little more than two weeks ago, the G.W. Graham Grizzlies season was on the verge of a premature ending. The Grizzlies trailed by a dozen points with five minutes to play in the Eastern Valley zone semi-final against the Brookswood Bobcats. A win would clinch the team a spot in the BC High School 3A Boys Tournament while a loss would end their season.

“We take a time-out, they sit down, and I don’t have to say anything,” recalled Grizzlies head coach Jake Mouritzen. “(One of the players) Jude Hall says: ‘we got this.’

Following the time-out, Graham rattled off a game-closing 20-3 run (which included a pair of three-pointers from Hall) for the 66-61 victory, punching their ticket to the provincial championships.

On Saturday night, back at Langley Events Centre, the Grizzlies capped off an incredible four-day run which saw them knock off the No. 2 seed Vernon Panthers in Friday’s semi-final round and then capture the school’s first-ever provincial basketball title with a 79-67 victory over the No. 1 ranked Duchess Park Condors. Mouritzen has been at the helm of the program since the school opened its doors in 2006 and its previous best finish was a bronze medal at the 2A level.

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“I am going to be honest, I never thought I was going to get this feeling,” said a teary-eyed Mouritzen, his voice quivering. “This is my 20th season and I have been in a lot of big games and have come out on the wrong end a lot of times. I never thought I was going to get this day, so it is pretty awesome.”

It was a balanced attack for the Grizzlies with five players in double figures.

Clay Hurtz (who would be selected Most Valuable Player as well as Championship Player of the Game) had 24 points, a dozen rebounds, four assists and three steals while Matthias Klim (selected the Best Defensive Player) had seven blocked shots, along with 14 points and eight rebounds. Cairo Almarez (17 points), Zach Klim (10 points, 15 rebounds) and Hall (11 points, five rebounds, five assists) also reaching double figures.

What prompted Hall’s confidence at that crucial juncture in his team’s season?

“I have been playing with these guys since Grade 7. We are a tight-knit family, I knew no matter what happened, we were going to grind it out together. I trusted the guys around me and knew if we ran out sets and moved the ball well, we were going to get open shots and we were going to hit,” he said.  “We live for big moments like this.”

The Condors led at the quarter-mark by two points but were down seven at the half and 16 with a quarter to play. They would get as close as 10 points with two minutes remaining but ran out of time in their comeback bid.

Duchess Park was led by Caleb Lyons’ 25 points and 24 courtesy of Jackson Kuc, but after shooting well over 40 per cent in their first three games, hit on just 30.2 per cent of their field goal attempts in the final.

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Photos courtesy of Vancouver Sports Pictures

Condors coach Jordan Yu felt his team didn’t have their best game with the Grizzlies boasting six-foot-10 and six-foot-nine twin brothers Matthias and Zach Klim, who altered the Duchess Park game plan.

“A couple of blocked shots early really changed how we were attacking the hoop. We slowed down, we walked the ball up and there were able to set up that zone. Our key to the game was it had to be a track meet if we wanted to beat them,” Yu said

The teams had played once earlier in the season with Duchess Park racing out to the 68-31 half-time lead before winning by 20.

“We put together a defence we have never run, a hybrid zone-man, we played a 2-3 zone the entire game but masked it as man-to-man and we never let a guy sit in a space, Jordan Yu is one of the best coaches I know and I knew we were going to have to outcoach him today,” Mouritzen explained.

“We had to give them looks so they couldn’t run sets and couldn’t get open. They still got their buckets. 9 (Caleb Lyons) is a phenomenal player and the only time they hit those shots was when we didn’t execute.”

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Photos courtesy of Vancouver Sports Pictures

“Coming into this season, our biggest worry was our defence and every single guy has improved and I have got to put it in print, Mark Rahmalo is my assistant coach and it is his first year … I luckily stumbled upon him this year as a TOC (teacher on call). He is the best defensive coach in this province one year in and we wouldn’t have done this without him.”

For the Condors, it is another year of coming agonizingly close. In 2019, a last-second shot sunk the team in the semi-final to the eventual champion. Duchess Park would recover to win bronze.

Yu said last year was tougher because of the way they lost.

“This year, we got outplayed. It still sucks but all credit to G.W. Graham because they won it,” he said.

The Sir Charles Tupper Tigers edged the Vernon Panthers 68-65 in the third-place game.

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Photos courtesy of Vancouver Sports Pictures

All-stars and Awards:

All-stars and Awards: (Sir Charles Tupper), Zach Klim (G.W. Graham), Caleb Lyons (Duchess Park) and Jackson Kuc (Duchess Park) were named First Team All-Stars.

The Second Team All-Stars were Zach Smith (Vernon), Dennis Laconsay (Sir Charles Tupper), Emir Zejnulahovic (Duchess Park), Iman Ostavari (Pitt Meadows) and Connor Lewis (Duchess Park).

The Mark R. Isfeld Ice were selected the Most Sportsmanlike Team.

Burnaby South Rebels are provincial champions !

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For the second time in three years, the Burnaby South Rebels are provincial champions.

The top-seed Rebels were tied with the third-seed Kelowna Owls at 19 early in the second quarter before reeling off a half-closing 12-5 lead and never looked back, finishing with the 70-58 victory.

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Photos courtesy of Vancouver Sports Pictures

The two teams capped off a day of four championship finals as they squared off in the BC High School 4A Boys Basketball Tournament gold-medal game at Langley Events Centre.

A seven-point game at the half, Burnaby South head coach Mike Bell challenged Sasha Vujisic, his six-foot-10 Grade 12 forward.

Vujisic struggled offensively in the first 20 minutes with just two points on 1-for-7 shooting. He did manage nine rebounds, however. But once the second half began, it was a different story as the big man was six-for-eight from the field, finishing with 15 points and 20 rebounds.

“And he responded. He is difficult to stop. If he gets mad, you don’t want to get in his way,” the coach said.

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Photos courtesy of Vancouver Sports Pictures

Vujisic was one of four players in double figures for the Rebels with Emir Krupic leading the way with 17 points, as well as nine rebounds. Justin Sunga added 15 points, six rebounds and four assists and Karan Aujla had 13 points and seven rebounds. And rounding out the attack was Jareb Pineda, who finished with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Sunga (a guard who played senior ball last season as a Grade 10) was selected Most Valuable Player.

“My team is so talented, and I love my guys. For me to get MVP means so much to me,” he said. “(Tonight), we showed up, brought that killer mentality and balled out.”

“He saw two box-in-ones (defences), yesterday and today, and he blew by them like they weren’t there,” Bell said of the MVP.

While offences tend to get the accolades, Bell was happy with his team’s defence, despite allowing more second-chance opportunities than he would have preferred.

“At the end of the day, we are walking away with a 12-point team. No team went over 60 points: that is incredible for our defence,” he said.

Over the four days as they held each opponent to less than 60 points with Kelowna’s 58 the closest any team came. The Rebels allowed an average of 50 points per game.

Kelowna and Burnaby South each entered the final with a points differential of +111.

The Owls have relied heavily on their three-point shooting over the first three days, scoring 102 of their 282 points (36 per cent) from beyond the arc.

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Photos courtesy of Vancouver Sports Pictures

“We do a pretty good job of chasing people off the line and I think that’s what others didn’t do against them,” Bell said.

Kelowna made 12 of their 47 three-point attempts in the final and while their outside shot would not fall, the Rebels were using their size advantage, outscoring the Owls 46-6 in the paint.

Hunter Simson led the Owls with 14 points and Jonathon Haughton scored 10.

In the third-place game, Vancouver College defeated Handsworth 58-56.

All-Stars and Awards:

Burnaby South’s Emir Krupic was the Quinn Keast Foundation Championship Player of the Game and Jamie Molins (Oak Bay) was named the Braich Foundation Most Inspirational Player. Vancouver College’s Jacob Holt was chosen Best Defensive Player.

The Handsworth Royals were the Most Inspirational Team, the Prince George Polars were the Most Sportsmanlike Team and the Frank Hurt Hornets won the School Spirt Award.

Hunter Simson (Kelowna), Ethan Boag (Claremont), Jacob Holt (Vancouver College), Dominic Parolin (Centennial) and Sasha Vujisic (Burnaby South) were selected First Team All-Stars.

The Second Team All-Stars were Malcom Greggor (Kelowna). Lucas Maffia (Oak Bay), George Horn (Handsworth), Jonathan Haughton (Kelowna) and Jareb Pineda (Burnaby South).

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