Lions Roar to Victory in 4A Boys Provincial Final
Mar 14, 2015
Township of Langley, BC (Saturday, March 14, 2015) – The old adage of ‘Save the Best for Last’ was fitting for the 2015 BC High School Boys Provincial Championships. In the last tournament of the night, the Yale Lions were victorious, capturing the 2015 BC High School Basketball Boys 4A Championship in front of a boisterous 4,876 fans inside the Langley Events Centre on Saturday night.
Yale guard Jauquin Bennett-Boire was a force to be reckoned with and showed why he’s considered one of the best high school players in the province. Bennett-Boire scored a game-high 44 points and pulled down 16 rebounds as the Lions took down the Terry Fox Ravens 69-63.
“There’s no words in the dictionary for this,” said Bennett-Boire. “It’s the biggest moment of all our lives. Basketball means so much to all of us and we’re going to remember this for the rest of our lives.”
The game was what you’d expect out of a championship final with the lead going back and forth and both teams hitting big shots including Bennett-Boire, who drained a jumper at the buzzer to give the Lions a 33-32 lead at halftime. The second half was even more dramatic than the first. The Ravens would take the lead early in the third quarter but were unable to stretch it thanks to more clutch buckets from the Tournament MVP Bennett-Boire, in one of the best performances in BC Basketball finals history.
“He’s earned it,” said Lions Head Coach Euan Roberts. “I see him practice every day. He practices hard. He wants it and he’s willing to make the sacrifices to get it done.”
“Just doing what we always do, playing hard,” said Bennett-Boire, who also added 3 assists and 5 steals. “Playing hard on defense and then translating to offense, that’s championship basketball.”
Yale was not ranked in the pre-season rankings but proved their doubters wrong as the number five-seed in the tournament is now number one in the province.
“When we first saw the pre-season rankings we were at the bottom of the Honourable Mention list,” said Roberts. “There were a lot of mountains to climb. Jauquin led the way and it was a remarkable run. As we went further and further in the season, we practiced for this game.”
Lions guard Riley Braich along with Bennett-Boire were voted First Team All-Stars, as were Terry Fox’s Michael West and Jomari Reyes.
Ravens forward Scott Barker was also voted tournament’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
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