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YALE 2008 CHAMPS!! PDF Print E-mail

In the final game of the 2008 TELUS BC Boys ‘AAA’ Provincial Championship, the White Rock Christian Warriors took on the Yale Lions of Abbotsford. This was their second meeting of the season with WRCA winning the first. Both teams had to scrape by hard fought battles in their Friday night semi-final game for this opportunity that each player will probably remember for the rest of their lives.

 

From the opening tip, every fan could tell that the game would go down to the wire as both teams played evenly matched basketball. The first quarter was full of lead changes and big shots, but the Lions took the upper hand heading into the second, 21-19. Nick Dekoster and Brian Fougner of WRCA each picked up two fouls, while Yale's Joel Friesen scored 12 points as well as picking up two fouls.

 

The game continued to stay close in the second quarter.  Things started to look good for White Rock when Friesen, Yale’s leading scorer with 17 points at that point, picked up his third foul with just under five minutes to go and was forced to sit for the rest of the half.  With their leading scorer on the bench, Yale managed to hold on to their lead with a slight two point advantage at the break (37-35).

 

Friesen started out the third quarter right where he left off, nailing a three and drawing the third foul on Dekoster and followed that with a baby hook inside for two more. Jasper Moedt of Yale was sent to the bench within just three minutes after being called for his third foul. WRCA’s driving force of the tournament point guard, Dekoster was called for his fourth foul, just over halfway through the third and Yale increased their lead 54-44. Mara was called for his fourth foul and then Friesen hit a three from the corner off an inbounds play to make the game 61-45 for Yale, heading into the final quarter of play.

 

Tonner Jackson grabbed an offensive rebound and then drove the lane and drew a Moedt foul for two free throws at the beginning of the fourth. Friesen picked up his fourth foul after a turnover with 8:51 to go and the score 61-49. WRCA defensive stopper Iain Con was charged with his fifth and disqualifying foul with over eight minutes to play. Friesen grabbed a defensive rebound, started to drive down the floor but Mara stepped in his way and Friesen was called for his fifth foul after scoring 29 points in the game. Brad Kufske hit a three and then got a steal for a lay up. On the next play down Moedt was called for his fifth foul. Dekoster hit a three with 4:30 to play in the game to bring Yales’ lead down to 66-56, but on the next play down Mara was called for his fifth foul. WRCA turned it up on the defensive end and forced Yale into a five second call, then Will Con hit a short jumper. Caleb Klassen was fouled while bringing the ball up and made his first of two. Klassen who's Yale's main ball handler and overall floor general was then called for his fifth foul, but back up Odayne Roberts filled in and came up with a huge steal while also keeping the offense composed for the rest of the game. With 1:02 left, WRCA's leading scorer Tonner Jackson fouled out after putting up 19 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Josh Kufske grabbed a huge rebound after a missed free throw and converted for two more, while also extending the Yale lead enough for a victory over WRCA.

 

The Yale Lions are the 63rd ‘AAA’ Provincial Champions with a 76-62 victory over the White Rock Christian Warriors. Yale's Joel Friesen was awarded player of the final game.

 

- Emily Wright

 
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