The Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs edged Surreyâ€™s Holy Cross Crusaders 67-64 in Saturday nightâ€™s tension-filled 4A final at the Langley Events Centre to capture the first senior boys title in school history.
They were led by the sublime 30-point performance of tournament MVP Mindy Minhas and became the first public school from Vancouver, other than four-time winner Kitsilano, to capture the title since the 1961 Magee Lions.
The Bulldogs still managed to forge into a 34-31 halftime advantage.
The Bulldogs were up 62-55 with 2:04 remaining but couldnâ€™t hit any foul shots down the stretch. They were a ghastly 4-for-16 in the fourth quarter, enabling Holy Cross to stay in the game.
The Crusaders did narrow the margin to 62-61 with a minute to go.
They had a final possession, needing a trey to force overtime, and fell just short.
In the 3A final played earlier Saturday, Burnabyâ€™s St. Thomas Moore Knights thumped the Charles Hays Rainmakers of Prince Rupert 53-38, the rain storm outside apparently no help to the Rainmakers indoors.
The Knights, after surrendering the gameâ€™s first basket, took the lead from there and never relinquished it.
They were up by quarter scores of 15-11, 31-24 and 41-29 and took full command early in the third when they reeled off the first seven points to go up by 14 points.