BVCS Royals earn second place at BC Boys ‘A’ Provincials
They went into the tournament with a sixth-place ranking provincially, but the Royals out-performed themselves to finish second in the BC Boys Basketball 'A' Tournament in Langley last week. Facing giants, they never stopped believing that they could accomplish big things together. As the second smallest school represented at the tournament, the BVCS Royals played up and played hard to overcome higher-ranked teams.
The final game was played against Kelowna's Heritage Christian School. The 53-65 finish was disappointing for the Royals, but as the team took a post-game look back at what they had accomplished with their second-place finish they realized how big a finish they had managed. No other Royals team has ever made it to the final match in the provincials tournament.
The Royals owe their success to a combined effort with nearby Houston Christian School (HCS). HCS students Noah Delege and Brett Groot contributed defensively and with point scoring throughout the tournament.
After recovering from his second bout of Leukemia, Noah Stolte was able to join the team for this tournament. Although not able to play, Noah's presence and passion with the team helped to build their enthusiasm and success.
Grade 12 student Saymon Loki was awarded tournament MVP (Most Valuable Player)…a terrific honour for a hard-working member of the Royals team.