Noah Alleyne (left) of the Fulton Maroons takes advantage of a pick set by teammate Darrien Broomfield to elude Saje Gosal of the Golden Golden Eagles in the championship game of the Maroon Corporate Classic Saturday afternoon at Fulton gym.

Noah Alleyne (left) of the Fulton Maroons takes advantage of a pick set by teammate Darrien Broomfield to elude Saje Gosal of the Golden Golden Eagles in the championship game of the Maroon Corporate Classic Saturday afternoon at Fulton gym.

Fulton Maroons retain Classic title

Fulton Maroons ice Golden Golden Eagles 70-56 in 15th annual Fulton Corporate Classic final.

With things tough in tight, the Fulton Maroons looked to the three-ball for high school basketball glory Saturday afternoon.

Tournament MVP Tye Kitzman drained five shots from the Okanagan Landing Plaza and all-star Brandon Isaac added three treys as the Maroons iced the Golden Golden Eagles 70-56 in the 15th annual Fulton Corporate Classic final.

Golden was ranked fifth in the provincial AA ratings before the classic, while Fulton was No. 7.

“Everyone is healthy and we are climbing towards another run in the playoffs,” said Fulton coach Dale Olson.

Golden enjoyed early leads of 18-11 and 24-14 before the Maroons found their groove, grabbing a 47-44 lead early in the third quarter they never relinquished.

Darrien Broomfield added nine points and hustled for loose balls all over the floor for Fulton. Neal Randhawa and Saje Gosal, both named all-stars, sparked the Eagles with 24 and 13 points, respectively. Kiron Gosal nailed four treys.

Ben Hladik flushed 22 points and all-star John Garvie sank eight as the VSS Panthers toppled the Princess Margaret Mustangs of Penticton 63-55 in the consolation final. All-star Kohl Linder led Maggie with 22 points.

Major sponsors of the classic were Tim Hortons, Buy-Low Foods, Super 8 Motel and Westwood Electric.

In Kamloops, VSS lost 80-45 to No. 1 Duchess Park Condors of Prince George in the finals of a senior AAA girls tournament.

Jordyn Cullum counted 16 points for the Cats, while Jordan Korol netted 14 and Kristy Fugel rang up 10.

Korol drained 31 points and Cullum sank 16 as VSS stuffed the NorKam Saints 71-41.

“This was our most complete game of the tournament on both sides of the ball,” said Panther coach Lonny Mazurak. “Our execution was excellent.”

VSS shaded the Rick Hansen Hurricanes of Clearbook 68-67 in their opener.

The Panthers, who trailed by a dozen at the half, got 20 points and 11 rebounds from Korol and 14 points from Cullum. Anna Rice supplied 12 points and Rebekah Salway sank 11.

Meanwhile, the Maroons held off VSS 41-40 in Saturday’s consolation final of the six-team Kelowna Owls Junior Boys Invitational.

Fulton used some dynamic defence to grab a 23-10 lead at the break. VSS guard Leon Schenker caught fire in the second half and torched Fulton for 19 points, bringing Vernon to within a single digit in the final seconds.

Game MVP Brett Hansen scored 10 points for Fulton, including a three-pointer in the last minute. Nathan Banga added seven points, including some clutch free throws in the dying seconds. Andrew Goldenthal resumed his strong play under the basket with eight points and 17 rebounds.

“This game was a real nail biter,” said Maroon coach Johnal Lee. “This was our third win against VSS this year and it was far from easy. We are looking forward to our next matchup.”

Earlier Saturday, the Maroons were overpowered 51-21 by eventual champion MEI Eagles of Abbotsford. Goldenthal was player of the game for Fulton.

The Maroons opened by stuffing the Salmon Arm Golds 48-27 with Goldenthal recording 11 points and 23 rebounds. Fulton’s other big man, Hunter Krieger, finshed with six points and 14 boards.

Game MVP Landon Currie broke out with nine points, all in the second half, and Isaac Olson earned six points and eight rebounds.

The VSS Grade 8 girls split a pair of exhibition games Saturday in Penticton, first defeating the Summerland Middle school 48-29 behind 14 points from Kelsey Falk.

Emilia Durfeld rang up eight points and Jesse Harman added seven. Bree and Jaide Vanderleest played tough defence and created many turnovers, while Durfeld and Sarah Crerar ran the offence with composure.

The Panther cubs then lost 44-33 to KVR Middle School.

Falk supplied eight points, while Katie Peters netted seven and Harman had six. Durfeld and Olivia Sawka chipped in with four apiece. Savana Dewitt and Peters did a great job on the boards.

“We were down by two with 2:30 left and committed some crucial turnovers which allowed them to pull away in the end,” said VSS coach Mike Bertram. “Tough games like this will help the girls learn how to close out games when it is most important.”