Rebels finish fourth at Abby hoop tournament

The Burnaby South Rebels finished fourth at the Abbotsford Snowball senior boys high school on the weekend.

The Yale Lions of Abbotsford downed the Rebels 71-68 in the third place game Saturday. Six-foot-five, Grade 11 star guard Jermaine Haley led South with 21 points after sitting out the first two games of the tourney with hip flexor injuries that he aggravated in a league game against the Byrne Creek Bulldogs earlier in the week.

“I think he’s still growing, and he’s still a little soft in his joints,” South head coach Dave Smith told Black Press earlier in the tournament.

Martin Bogajev contributed 13 points in the third place game. He also had two key blocks in the final 10 seconds to preserve a 69-67 victory over the Vancouver College Fighting Irish on Thursday. With Haley out of the lineup, Tyus Batiste stepped up by scoring 25 points while Djordje Obradovic netted 12.

In the semifinals on Friday, South was pummeled 105-47 to the Father Henry Carr Crusaders from Etobicoke, Ont., the second ranked school in Canada.

The Crusaders went on to win the tournament with a 74-55 victory over the province’s eighth-ranked team, Chilliwack’s Sardis Falcons.

Burnaby South went into the tournament ranked ninth.

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