Contributed Tournament MVP Mason Bourcier dishes out a pass at the Owls basketball tournament, where they placed second.

Owls fall short in hosting Western Canada

The Walnut Grove Gators pulled away from the Owls by just two baskets in the final minutes

  • Feb. 7, 2017 11:47 a.m.

The Kelowna Owls didn’t find a way to unseat the top-ranked team in B.C. at their Interior Savings Western Canada Basketball Tournament on the weekend.

But it wasn’t for a lack of effort.

The Walnut Grove Gators pulled away from the Owls by just two baskets in the final minutes of Saturday’s back-and-forth final game between the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked AAAA teams in the province, winning the Interior Savings Western Canada Basketball Tournament 73-68.

“They hit a couple of key shots at the end and we just didn’t respond,” said KSS head coach Harry Parmar. “Our defense has improved, but we need to do a better job of closing out games offensively, making sure we execute in those final minutes.”

Walnut Grove took home the Jack May Trophy, newly renamed to honour May’s 44 years of dedication to the tournament.

Despite the disappointing finish, KSS lit up with school spirit over the weekend. The “Crazy Owls” cheering squad filled the baselines, leading a packed gym of alumni, teacher volunteers and community members in cheering on the Black and Gold. Local tournament all-star Owen Keys ignited the weekend with a resounding win in the Power 104FM Slam Dunk Contest.

The Owls tipped off their first game with a hard fought win over a hot South Kamloops squad that kept it close for three quarters and hit nearly 40 per cent of their 3-pointers. The Owls stayed steady at the free throw line and tightened up defensively enough to take the lead at the end and win 80-68.

Friday saw the boys hitting their stride as they defeated Semiahmoo 93-55. Kelowna guard and tournament MVP Mason Bourcier led the charge with 38 points, pulling down 7 of the team’s 25 defensive rebounds.

The final game on Saturday retold the tale of the season as KSS struggled to find an answer for the depth and experience of Walnut Grove.

“It really came down to a couple of last possessions where we just weren’t hitting our shots,” said coach Parmar. “This game gave us some great lessons for what we have to do offensively in the final minutes.”

Just Posted

JoeAnna’s House fundraising campaign reaches $4.5 million

Offering ‘home away from home’ for families of KGH patients

2014 murder case finally goes to trial

Steven Randy Pirko was charged with second-degree murder in 2016

Flood recovery work set to begin in Kelowna

The first phase of $5 million dollar flood recovery plan for Upper Vernon Creek will begin on Monday

Kelowna exhibition showcases nature of Haida Gwaii

The Kelowna Art Gallery is holding a reception for Gwaii Haanas – Islands and Sacred Sites Friday

Accused in Kelowna murder heads to court

Chad Alphonse is accused of killing Waylon Percy Junior Jackson, back in 2016

Canadian junior captain returns to Rockets lineup

Dillon Dube will be back in Kelowna’s lineup Wednesday night after world juniors and bout of flu

Winter storm coming to B.C. this weekend

The bets are on as to how much snow the province will actually get in the coming days

Public asked to report bat sightings

White nose syndrome leads to bats flying in winter or death.

B.C. civil rights group files complaint about RCMP arrest of man who later died

Dale Culver, a 35-year-old Indigenous man was arrested in Prince George last July

Lawyer says former B.C. government aide ‘barely guilty’ in ethnic vote scandal

Brian Bonney pleaded guilty to a breach of trust charge

Song penned for Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton

Curling Time released to celebrate Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton

Quite a few tears as homemade quilts distributed to residents of Ashcroft Reserve, Boston Flats affected by last summer’s fire

Quilters in B.C. and Alberta worked through the summer and fall to create more than 100 quilts.

Island Health: No need for alarm in wake of Victoria needle-prick incidents

Three incidents in a week prompts meeting between health authority, city service providers

B.C. coast loggers celebrate history, hope for improvement

Truck Loggers Association awaits B.C. NDP government’s new direction

Most Read