Owls soar at Legal Beagle

No. 1 ranked KSS team beats Walnut Grove for second major tournament win of the season

Guard John Katerburg was named a tournament all-star as his Kelowna Owls captured the Legal Beagle senior boys basketball tournament at Terry Fox Secondar

Guard John Katerburg was named a tournament all-star as his Kelowna Owls captured the Legal Beagle senior boys basketball tournament at Terry Fox Secondar

Over the last month, no team in B.C. has had an answer for the Kelowna Owls.

The No. 1-ranked KSS squad made it two major invitational tournament wins this season in provincial high school boys basketball by claiming the Legal Beagle at Terry Fox Secondary.

Led by blue chip seniors Mitch Goodwin and Braxston Bunce, the Owls took down No. 6 Walnut Grove 65-55 in Saturday night’s final in Port Coquitlam.

KSS, which also snagged the Telus Classic title last month in Vancouver, has now won 13 straight after losing their first two games of the season.

Goodwin, the Owls’ point guard and tournament’s MVP, helped KSS rally back from a 10-point third quarter deficit against Walnut Grove with a dominant fourth quarter. Goodwin had 18 points, including two key three pointers in a 14-1 run early in the final frame.

Bunce, the 6-foot-11 centre who is headed to Cornell next fall, led all scorers with 19 points and 23 rebounds, and established his physical presence down the stretch by going 6-for-7 from the foul line.

Darrion Bunce added 11 boards in the final.

Owls coach Harry Parmar said Goodwin and Bunce were their usual effective selves, even as other teams shift their game plans to try and stop the dynamic duo.

“It’s interesting, the deeper we get into season, the more other teams are trying to take those two guys away from us with the way they defend,” Parmar said. “So far they haven’t been able to do that to any great extent. Having said that, we’ll need other guys to step up offensively as the season progresses.”

KSS was pushed in the semifinals by W.J. Mouat but emerged with a 59-52 win.

Goodwin scored 17, Bunce had 14, and Buzz Truss added 10.

“It was our third game in 25 hours, so that took its toll on the guys a little,” Parmar said of the Mouat game, “but they hung tough and got the win.”

The Owls opened the tournament with a 77-61 over No. 6 Kitsliano, then defeated White Rock Christian 79-62 as Goodwin nailed 35 points. Bunce had 17 points and dominated the glass again wihth 20 rebounds.

Bunce and KSS guard John Katerburg were named to the tournament’s all-star team.

This week, the Owls will try to make it three major tournament wins as they travel to Abbotsford Collegiate for the Snowball Classic which begins Thursday.

Among the teams competing is the St. Andrews Saints from Rhode Island in the U.S.

“Not looking past anyone, but hopefully if things work out we’ll get to see the team from Rhode Island in the final,” said Parmar. “They’ll be very good and it would be good experience for our guys to see them.”

The Owls will host the Interior Savings Western Canada Basketball Tournament, Feb. 2 to 4 in Kelowna.


Mustang Classic

The top two ranked teams in B.C. boys A basketball went head-to-head in the final of the Mustang Classic tournament Saturday night at Immaculata.

The No. 1 Kelowna Christian Knights defeated No. 2 Immaculata in closely contested battle, 65-62.

A full report and details on the tournament will run in Thursday’s edition of the Capital News.


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