Sr. Boys Basketball Provincials Day 4 Update – Bronze Medal Game

3rd Place Game – Highroad 74 vs. Glenlyon Norfolk 69

After a difficult loss to the eventual champions in the Semi-Finals, Highroad was not done yet. On Saturday morning the Knights got back to work facing off against the #1 ranked Glenlyon Norfolk Griffins. After falling to the Griffins twice this year without one of their starters, the Knights were expecting to meet the Griffins in the Provincial finals. After both teams lost their Semi-Final games, the Knights and Griffins battled instead for third place and the bronze medal.

Highroad was lead by Elijah Grimard (gr. 10) who scored 27 points , while shooting 10 of 25 from the field including four three pointers. Aidan Morris (gr. 11) scored 19 points and Mike Luteyn (gr. 12) scored 10 while the Knights fought hard to earn the 74-69 win.

Congratulations to Aidan Morris who was selected as a Provincials first team All Star, and Elijah Grimard who was selected as Provincials second team All Star.

Following their third place win, the Knights are already looking forward to next year as another chance to compete for their first Provincials title since their 2001-2002 championship season.

Sr. Boys Basketball Provincials Day 3 Update

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LANGLEY — Head coach Daniel Benson always his implores his players to shoot.

Kelowna Christian entered the game with a 100-point effort in round one and then another 77 points in the quarter-final round and was shooting 39.4 per cent from the field and 37.9 per cent from beyond the arc.

But there was no panic or change in strategy as top-seeded Kelowna Christian got all they could handle against No. 3 Highroad Academy (Chilliwack) in a battle of teams who share the Knights moniker.

Kelowna Christian won the battle of the Knights 58-51.

The lead changed hands a dozen times and was never more than four points.

Kelowna Christian was up four at the half but suddenly found itself trailing 48-44 with three minutes to play.

“We could not buy a bucket from outside,” Benson lamented. “I just told my boys, if you are open and it’s the end of the shot clock and you have a three, I don’t care if you have missed 10 in a row, keep taking it.”

And Indy Hallett took his coach up on that as the Grade 11 guard – who was 2-for-4 in the first half – hit a trio of three-point shots as his team outscored Heritage Christian 14-3 over those final three minutes.

“Indy hit them, that’s all that mattered,” the coach smiled, admitting the offence was not generating the best looks at the basket.

Grade 10 guard Jake Sabbagh had a huge game for the victors, finishing with a game-high 18 points and 15 rebounds, with three blocked shots for good measure.

Hallett wound up with 16 points and Colin Christophe had 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Highroad Academy was led by Elijah Grimard’s 16 points and seven rebounds, as well as 13 points from Aidan Morris and another dozen courtesy of Easton Abel.

Benson was happy with how his team responded to the adversity, considering they had only trailed for a grand total of 8:38 over the first 80 minutes.

“Perseverance. They played hard despite not hitting shots and we got the ‘W’ despite lots of things not going as planned,” he said. 

“And Highroad, those guys hustled like crazy and played so hard.”

The Knights will go up against Credo Christian for the championship on Saturday as Kelowna Christian looks to add to their record of five 1A championship banners, having already won in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and most recently in 2015.

Benson was a player on those first two championship-winning squads, as well as the 2010 team which jumped up to the 3A tier that year.

Having gone through multiple championship runs as a player, his message will be simple: “Take care of business, just like usual.”

Sr. Boys Basketball Provincials Day 2 Update

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Highroad Academy players react in utter joy as their team qualified for the Final Four on Friday at the LEC. (Photo by Mary Kessenich property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)

“LANGLEY — It’s been a long road back to the Single A B.C. boys basketball championships, but for Highroad Academy of Chilliwack, the wait has been worth it.

The young Knights (just two Grade 12s on the 12-man roster) made it to the Friday night semifinals by dispatching the Similkameen Sparks 70-62 in quarterfinal action Thursday at the Langley Events Centre.

It’s the first appearance at provincials in 10 years for Highroad, which won its only title in 2002.

“We’re pretty excited to be back,” said Highroad head coach Steve Basaraba, who figures to have the Knights, whose roster includes five Grade 11s and five Grade 10s, in a similar position next season.

Grade 11s Aidan Morris and Easton Abel led the winners with 20 and 15 points, respectively, while another Grade 11 Dawson Hartskamp had a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.

Highroad jumped out to a 23-11 first-quarter lead and was up 41-25 at the break. A big third quarter allowed Similkameen to close to within a point after three, put the composed Knights closed it out with a solid fourth.

“We came out really strong . . . but this team (Similkameen) has scored all year long, so we knew they were going to come back,” said Basaraba. “We just stayed the course and I tried to keep my guys calm, tried to to keep the composed. It’s an exciting win for us. We held a team that normally scores 100 points to 60. You do that, good things happen.”

“This is a young squad, but they are composed. I appreciate that about them.”

Corbin Marsden led the Sparks with 26 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. Tysan Douanpangya scored 18 and Jughrag Boparai added 15.”

Sr. Boys Basketball Provincials Game 1 Update

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Highroad Academy’s Easton Abel helped Chilliwack-based Fraser Valley champion Knights past McBride. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)

“LANGLEY — Chilliwack’s Highroad Academy Knights held the McBride Mustangs to 21 first-half points as they won 88-55 in the round of 16.

“The first half especially, we came up with intensity. Even though we went up early, they maintained their focus, which is what I asked them to do,” said Knights coach Steve Basaraba, who was able to use his entire roster for significant minutes.

Aidan Morris led the team with 30 points while Elijah Grimard had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Samuel Pichura had 13 points, five steals and four rebounds.

Shaemen Pauls led the Mustangs with 16 points and nine rebounds and Tavish Swets had 13 points and seven rebounds.”

By Dan Kinvig, Special for Varsity Letters




Sr. Boys Basketball Fraser Valley Championships!!!

The Highroad Knights Sr. Boys Basketball team beat Credo Christian 58-52 on Saturday night to win the Fraser Valley Championships. Led by tournament All-Star Easton Abel and Tournament MVP Aidan Morris, the Knights played a tough team from Credo and battled hard throughout the night to win the Championships!

Congratulations to all the players and coaches! Now on to Provincials starting March 6th at the LEC in Langley BC.

Sr. Boys Basketball in Fraser Valley Finals

The Sr. Boys Basketball team played a strong game on Friday night and came out with a commanding win over Khalsa to reach the finals of the Fraser Valley Championships. They will play Credo, who beat Unity 59-58, on Saturday Feb 23rd 7pm at CBC in Abbotsford. With their win on Friday, the Knights also secured a birth into the Provincial Championships from Wednesday March 6th to Saturday March 9th at the LEC in Langley.

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