Four B.C. powerhouses and Alberta’s top-ranked team will be among the contenders for the title at the 2011 edition of the Interior Savings Western Canada Basketball Tournament, Feb. 3 to 5 at Kelowna Secondary School.
The host Owls, ranked fifth in the province, will be joined by No. 1 R.C. Palmer, No. 2 Burnaby South, and the third-ranked Vancouver College Fighting Irish.
The Raymond Comets are the No. 1 team in Alberta high school basketball and are led by Canadian national junior team member Jimmy Ralph, who is averaging 35 points per game this season.
Rounding out the eight-team lineup are the first-time visitors, the Bishop Grandin Ghosts from Calgary, Saskatoon’s Holy Cross Crusaders, and the Kelvin Klippers from Winnipeg, the No. 2 rated team in Manitoba.
The Owls’ first game is Feb. 3 at 8:15 p.m. against Holy Cross.
Owls at Van College tourney…
A pair of tight one-point losses relegated the Owls to a fourth-place showing at the Emerald Tournament last weekend at Van College.
In the third-place final, Charles Tupper overcame an early 21-3 deficit to edge the Owls 74-73 in a nail-biter.
Charlie Lewthwaite hit a pair of late threes—the last with two seconds remaining—to pull KSS to within one point before the buzzer sounded.
Braxton Bunce scored 14 for the Owls.
A night earlier in the semifinal, the Terry Fox Ravens slipped past the Owls 81-80.
Bunce had 19 for the Owls who bounced back from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to make it close. Lewthwaite had 17, while Goodwin and Tanner Leimert connected for 14 points each.