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Rapids finish 5th, Best takes 9th at provincials

Sr. boys tourney gets underway in Langley this week
Riverside Rapids player Ozioma Nwabuko takes a shot during a game against Abbotsford secondary at the AAA B.C. Secondary School Girls Basketball Championships last weekend. Riverside finished fifth at the tournament and Nwabuko was named first team all star.

The Riverside Rapids started off strong but a hiccup in the second Game 2 of the AAA B.C. Secondary School Girls Basketball Championship kept the team from obtaining the ultimate prize last weekend at the Langley Events Centre.

After downing Handsworth seconday 70-53 in the opening match last Wednesday, the Rapids fell in disappointing fashion to Lord Tweedsmuir, with the Surrey school squeaking by the PoCo club 79-76. 

With the loss, Riverside was kept from moving on to the semifinals, instead playing a consolation game against Abbotsford, which the team won 81-54. That set the stage for a fifth-place matchup against Claremont secondary, which Riversdie won 72-64.

Meanwhile Dr. Charles Best secondary, the other Tri-City club in the tournament, fell in the opening round to Claremont in another close 62-61 finish. 

Best went on to demolish North Peace 84-36, Kelowna 68-71 and Handsworth 56-50 to finish ninth in the tournament. 

Several Tri-City athletes received individual honours at the conclusion of the provincial championship.

Riverside’s Ozi Nwabuko was named first team all star, while Dr. Charles Best’s Kendal Sands received an honourable mention. 

In junior girls high school basketball, the Terry Fox Ravens finished eighth at the tournament. 

On the boys side, the Terry Fox Ravens’r quest for a AAAA senior title got off to a rocky start. The PoCo club fell 90-55 against the Kelowna secondary Owls. The team was scheduled to play Saint Georges Thursday afternoon after The Tri-City News’ deadline.