The Walnut Grove Gators hung for three quarters with the St. Michael’s Blue Raiders from Toronto, but the Ontario squad took over in the fourth to win 82-67 and capture the Snowball Classic championship on Saturday night.
The Gators led 44-43 at the half and 63-61 after three quarters, but St. Michael’s went on an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to cruise to the win.
It’s the first-ever appearance for the Blue Raiders at the event and the second straight year that Walnut Grove has played in the event’s final. They took home the top prize in 2017.
The third place game saw Brentwood College defeat Burnaby South 70-49. Kelowna finished fifth and Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat Hawks finished sixth.
Inaki Alvarez of the Blue Raiders was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
The following players were named all-stars: Ben Stonkus (St. Michael’s), Kyle Duke-Simpson (St. Michael’s), James Woods (Walnut Grove), Jarrett Jacobs (Walnut Grove), Nathan Pasloske (Brentwood), Somto Dimonachie (Brentwood), Jusuf Sehic (Burnaby South), Matt Williamson (Kelowna) and Harvir Garcha (Mouat).
Mouat’s Sukhi Kang also earned the Best of Abbotsford scholarship from the Abbotsford Basketball Association for his efforts.
Video by: Joshua Watkins/Black Pres
Slideshow by: Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News