KSS Jr Owls rally before the buzzer

Owls player Malcolm Hlady (right) drives to the hoop against an MEI player Saturday during the KSS junior boys basketball tournament.   - Fred Schaad/Contributor
Owls player Malcolm Hlady (right) drives to the hoop against an MEI player Saturday during the KSS junior boys basketball tournament.
— image credit: Fred Schaad/Contributor

Vancouver College jumped out to a lead and had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but a determined Kelowna Secondary School Junior Owls claimed their own tournament title last weekend with an exciting victory in the final game as the team won three straight games to claim the title.

In the final Vancouver College led 21-18 after the first quarter. The Owls raced back to take a 36-33 lead at the half. In the third quarter a determined defensive effort gave KSS a 48-38 lead after three quarters as the Owls held Vancouver without a field goal in the quarter.

But Vancouver College raced back in the fourth, capitalizing on some KSS turnovers and some missed free throws to cut the lead to one with just 12 seconds to play.

The KSS defense came up with a big stop in the final seconds as they hung on for the win.

First team tournament all-star Joel Burma led the way with 16 points in the championship game while Liam McGoran chipped in with 12 and Darrion Bunce played tremendous defence and was strong on the boards.

Earlier, KSS had defeated MEI 55-32 in the semi-finals, while Vancouver had beaten Pen-Hi 66-47 in the other semi-final.

Pen-Hi beat MEI 56-52 in the bronze medal game while Mount Boucherie beat LV Rogers 47-45 to take 4th place in the tournament.

KSS beat Fulton 78-15 in their first game with Burma scoring 16 and Liam Birker chipping in with 12.

The Jr. Owls wrapped up league play Tuesday and have a break before zone playoffs begin.

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