Telus Classic Day 1 & 2:
VANCOUVER,BC–The 2011 Telus Classic championship kicked off wednesday in Vancouver, British Columbia and has buult a reputation as one of the largest high school boys tournaments in Canada.
On the boys side the tournament, 16 teams battled it out on days one and two in hopes of moving on to Fridays semi finals. The follow is a brief rundown on what you’ve missed:
Kitsilano vs New westminster
The tournament tipped off at Kitsilano high school where kits squared off against new westminster. New west jumped out to a small lead and led early in the fourth quarter before Kitsilano finally got it going. Led by 6″7 Luka bazooka kits started to wear down New west squad and received some key baskets from the big fella to pull away at the end. New west was led by grade 12 forward Hasrit sidhu and Kits was led by an outstanding performance from Luka with 26 and 13 rebounds.
Kitsilano 68 – New west 57
Argyle vs Tupper
In the second game of the day, Tupper held off a scrappy Argyle team led by Cole faminoff who was a standout in the NPH BC showcase over the summer. 7’0 Big man Cam Smythe of Tupper went to work in the second half and Grade 12 guard Daniel Kim led the charge the entire game distributing and getting his team key buckets en route to victory.
Tupper 74 – Argyle 67
Vancouver College vs Southridge
The first game of the day at Vancouver was an all-out shooting barrage from the home Irish. Led by sharpshooters Cole Penmen and Gogy Kumanan the irish jumped out to a huge lead early in the second quarter and never looked back.
Vancouver College 94 – Southridge 58
Pitt Meadows vs WRCA
In the game of the day the two fraser valley heavy hitters duked it out in a very physical game. Pitt was Led by grade 12 Trevor Sevreskini as he powered them past White rock in a back and forth battle. Jake newman tried to keep his warriors in the game but Pitt’s depth was too strong for them to handle on this night
Pitt Meadows 67 – WRCA 58
Tamanawis vs Kelowna
In the second game of the day at Kitsilano high school Pre season Number 1 Kelowna owls tipped off vs Surrey powerhouse Tamanawis Wildcats. Mitch Goodwin Led the way for the Owls with a 25 point performance as the owls held off a late 4th quarter comeback to advance to round 2
Kelowna 88 – Tamanawis 81
Saint georges vs Sullivan Heights
In a very lopsided win St.Georges proved much too strong for Sullivan heights as Grade 11 Guard Deklan Chung pushed the pace and Grade 12 guard Sajen gill came up large in a huge first day 1 for the Saints.
St. Georges 89 – Sullivan heights – 35
Churchill vs Burnaby South
In the most anticipated lower mainland battle on day 1 Burnaby South finished strong with some late 4th quarter buckets to squeak out a victory over the bulldogs. Churchill was led by Grade 10 stand out guard Mindy Minhas who was a monster on the glass as well as on the offensive end with a 30 point 15 rebound performance backed up with a steller effort from Grade 11 Center Jesse Mushiana. Burnaby South guard grade 12 Quentin Nyquen held steady with his hot outside shooting and inside presence of grade 12 Nick irvine who was a block monster in this one.
Burnaby south 66 – Churchill 61
Palmer vs Windsor
Last years AAA champions could keep up with the ducks attack on day 1. The Ducks stopped Palmers transition game and were able to come out on top on this one
Windsor 75 – Palmer 64
Day 2 Quarterfinals
Kelowna vs Kitsilano
In the first quarterfinal matchup Two of BC’s premier big squared off in a battle as 6’9 Cornell commit Braxton Bunce Battled Grade 11 big man 6’7 Luka Bazooka.
The owls delivered the knockout in this one as Point guard Mitch Goodwin and Bunce flexed their muscles and eliminated the host Kitislano demons.
Caught up with Braxton after the game and he had this to say about his teams performance ” Good win for our team considering it was our 2nd game with everyone together, we had to respond to the tough crowd and our young guys came up big for us”
Kelowna 68 – Kitsilano 61
Vancouver College vs Burnaby South
The home irish came out to a rocking crowd on thursday afternoon and the crowd acted as the 6th man helping college come out on top. Led by the scoring of guard Isiah Solomon burnaby south couldn’t keep up with the fast paced irish
Vancouver College 74 – Burnaby south 51
St. Georges vs Tupper
These Cross town city rivals duked it out in an all Vancouver quarter- final. Saints was led by Guard Deklan change as he hit clutch shots all throughout the game despite being bothered with a bad back and swing man Grade 12 Milan Mitrovic hit clutch shots to over come Tupper on this night. Tuppers lack of depth showed as Daniel Kim and Cam smyth couldn’t overcome the depth saints on this one
St. Georges 69 – Tupper 64
Windsor vs Pitt Meadows
In the Days final quarter final Pitt Meadows showed that defense wins championships by holding the ducks to a rough shooting night. Matt Blackaby paced Pitt meadows offensively and Pitt had little trouble on this night moving on to fridays semi finals
Pitt Medows 59 – windsor 42
Fridays Semi final Matchups
St.Georges takes on Kelowna Owls at 545
Vancouver College takes on Pitt meadows at 730
Both games will be held at Churchill High School in Vancouver