South finishes with a flourish
The Burnaby South Rebels won their first and last games at the B.C. AAA high school senior boys basketball championship, but faltered in the two in between last week.
After winning their opened last Wednesday, a big second-quarter scoring binge by the eventual champion Walnut Grove Gators swallowed up any title hopes the Rebels may have had Thursday.
The Gators outscored the Rebels 26-8 in the second quarter to roll to a 93-51 victory in the quarter-finals at the Langley Events Centre Thursday evening.
Burnaby South had hung in there with the province's top-ranked team in the first quarter trailing 20-18, but the Gators wore them down including outscoring the Rebels 28-11 in the fourth quarter.
Martin Bogajev was South's top scorer with 15 points while Gino Pagbilao had 11 and Dejan Posavijak had 10.
In consolation round play Friday, the Rebels fell 89-76 to the Yale Lions. Bogajev scored 15 points while Pagbilao and Taylor Smith had 13 each and Nick Garcha had 11.
On Saturday, they finished up by outscoring the South Kamloops Titans 109-105 with Posavijak notching 30 points, Pabilao 22, Smith 15, Garcha 13 and Bogajev 12.
• The Burnaby Mountain Lions racked up their first victory at the championship in the school's 13-year history Thursday.
The Lions reeled off 27 consecutive points to start the second quarter en route to a 83-31 drubbing of the North Peace Oscars from Fort St. John in a consolation round game at the Langley Events Centre.
Atdhe Harjrizi of the Lions almost matched the Oscars total output with 30 points. Jaryn Bailey scored 15 while Taymoor Khan notched 14 and Nurzat Ahemaide had 12.
In their final game, however, they were edged 61-58 by Victoria's Belmont Bulldogs with Bailey picking up 21 points and Harjrizi getting 14.
On Wednesday, they suffered their second loss in as many days as the Pitt Meadows Marauders beat Burnaby Mountain 67- 47. Bailey was Mountain's top scorer with 14 points while Harjrizi had 10.
In their opening round game Tuesday, the Lions were defeated 59-50 by the Caledonia Kermodes from Terrace. It was the first time Burnaby Mountain had made it to the tournament since the school opened 13 years ago.
Hajrizi was Mountain's top scorer with 21 points. He also collected 13 rebounds.