Boys: West Van vs. Seycove

The #9 4A-ranked Highlanders (the only guys with the courage to rock the tartan and make it look good!) fell to the Seyhawks in a thriller at WV High. Led by fast and fearless senior point guard Josh Pinton, West Van led 25-19 at the end of the first but Seycove served notice that they were not out of it by rattling off a string of 3 consecutive threes in the second quarter. They followed that up with a foreboding 12-4 run in the third. Seycove’s Quinn Dewar did the dirty work close in for Seycove eventually earning Player of the Game honours with 22 points and a whole lot of hard work. The ending was awesome. With a 58 all tie at the end of the third (delivered by way of a three from Seycove’s Chris Ross), West Van had to overcome another Ross 3 early in the fourth. Eventually West Van went ahead with contributions from Gr. 10 forward Kevin Li (ended with 19 pts) and Pinton (22pts.) In the final going Ross, who was deadly from the foul line (13 of 18), was the force that linked together his team’s scoring with his skill at the line. Playing the best defence of their lives the Seyhawks overcame a West Van steal and basket in the last minute and a 5 point deficit. With under 30 seconds to go Ross tried a human sacrifice drive to the basket and created an And One opportunity. The missed foul shot was turned into a three by Seycove for a one point lead. Ross preserved the led with 2 more from the stripe to seal it. Coach Teresa Ross (mother of Gr. 10 Chris and injured Gr. 12 Davey) had given the boys a quote at the start of the tournament: “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” The Seyhawks have moved past the starting point.

Jamie Keast