Langley, B.C. –Here we are, twenty-three days before Christmas, and I can tell you what the White Rock Christian Warriors are asking for. They would like nothing more than to forget the result of the game against Findlay Prep, who travelled up to the township of Langley for the Tsumura Basketball Invitational from as Vegas.
Just the previous evening, Findlay Prep made its B.C. debut, playing the Walnut Grove Gators, a favorite in the lower mainland to contend for the provincial championships. The Gators would lose that game in a lopsided victory for the Findlay Prep Pilots.
However, Tyus Allen and the White Rock Christian Warriors would look to key in on some of mistakes they felt the Gators made, and try to pull off an upset.
In the early minutes of the game, the Warriors seemed primed and prepared for battle. Many were shocked at the score after the first six minutes, in which they were only down by four points. In warm ups, fans couldn’t help but feel that the Warriors were in trouble; they lacked a considerable amount of size, as well as some noticeable depth on their roster. The Pilots however did find their stride, finishing the half with a 29 point lead. But this is not as bad as it may seem.
While the lead would eventually stretch to a 108-40 victory for the Pilots, the WRCA fight in the first half demonstrated toughness. White Rock Christian is known for its basketball excellence; however, despite their NPH #12 ranking, it seems that their team relies heavily on guard Tyus Allen and forward Vartan Tanielian.
Allen was the only player on WRCA who was able to make plays, for himself and others, and it was recognized from JYD Jerome Williams and the Findlay Prep Pilots.
With that said, WRCA seems to lack the depth and the talent that it has been known to have, but their persistence is what makes them dangerous. With Scott Allen on the sideline (Tyus’s father and coach of the Trinity Western Spartans) prompting them to “stay disciplined…and do not give up,” the team did what they could until the final buzzer.
Of course it was hard to contest what seemed to be an inevitable outcome for this game with the Pilots having a plethora of division 1 talent including guards Nigel Williams-Goss, Stanford Robinson, and Allerik Freeman as well as a slew of quality big men. But the White Rock Christian Warriors may have displayed more tenacity than most expected, and proved that they may very well be a force to be reckoned with in British Columbia.
A Findlay Prep spanking could be a blessing in disguise for WRCA as it will allow the Warriors to grow and reach for higher limits and expectations. The Warriors just took on arguably the top team in America; an experience not many can own at the high school level.
NPH Top Performers
- Nigel Williams goss – 15 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists
- Stanford Robinson 19 points
- Gavin schilling 12 points 7 rebounds
- Christian wood 13 points, 6 rebounds
- Tyus Allen 16 points 6 rebounds 5 assists
- Vartan tanielian 14 points 6 rebounds