Fulton Maroons take basketball consolation

Fulton Maroons win consolation final of the South Okanagan Hornets Senior Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament in Oliver.

The Fulton Maroons stuffed the Westsyde Whundas of Kamloops 66-48 Saturday in the consolation final of the South Okanagan Hornets Senior Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament in Oliver.

Tye Kitzman and Karanmeet Khatra each had 15 points, while Mike Rouault chipped in with a dozen points and a dozen rebounds.

The Maroons opened by grounding the Kelowna Christian Knights 72-58 and then bowed 76-62 to the Hornets.

Riley Beauchamp bagged 24 points and eight boards against Kelowna, while Cory Ang-Hamilton supplied 13 points and six assists. Rouault rung up 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Rouault drained 23 points and pulled down 16 rebounds versus the Hornets. Kitzman had 15 points.

Fulton opens the G.W. Graham Tournament Thursday afternoon in Chilliwack against the host Grizzlies.

Meanwhile, rookie coach Mike Scheller and the senior girls Maroons went 1-2 and finished seventh at the George Elliot tourney in Lake Country.

Fulton iced Heritage Park Highlanders of Mission 67-27 in their final game Saturday with Brittany Skrenek sinking 23 points, AJ Acura adding 11 and Brittany Aeichele pocketing eight. Lee Richardson was named game MVP.

The Maroons fell 61-38 to the host Coyotes in their opener. Naz Wurz fired 11 points, while Erin Sakamoto and game MVP Skrenek each canned six.

Fulton then lost 52-43 to the Pleasant Valley Saints with Wurz taking MVP by flushing a dozen points. Richardson and Skrenek each had 10 points.

“This was opening action for our club and we definitely got better as the weekend went on,” said Scheller. “We played the girls in a number of positions and rotations to see where we are at early in the season. We need to work out some spacing and timing on offence, but our hustle and effort were great all weekend.”

The Maroons begin play in the annual Vernon Panthers Invitational (PIT Classic) Friday at 12:20 p.m. versus the Immaculata Mustangs of Kelowna at Kalamalka Secondary.

VSS opens against the Coyotes at 10:30 a.m. in the Panther Pit. The Rutland Voodoos, Princess Margaret Mustangs of Penticton, Mt. Boucherie Bears of West Kelowna, Okanagan Mission Huskies of Kelowna, NorKam Saints and Princeton Rebels round out the Classic roster.

The final goes Saturday, 5:45 p.m. at VSS.