Mitchell Rouault (middle) of the Fulton Maroons gets a shot off between Montell Lindgren (left) and Sam TenVeen of the Duchess Park Condors of Prince George in the championship game of the Maroon Corporate Classic Saturday at Fulton gym. Rouault canned 19 points to lead the Maroons to a 64-60 win.

Mitchell Rouault (middle) of the Fulton Maroons gets a shot off between Montell Lindgren (left) and Sam TenVeen of the Duchess Park Condors of Prince George in the championship game of the Maroon Corporate Classic Saturday at Fulton gym. Rouault canned 19 points to lead the Maroons to a 64-60 win.

Maroons clip Condors to claim Corporate Classic

Fulton Maroons win 11th annual Maroon Corporate Classic Basketball Tournament.

With exam week around the corner, the Fulton Maroons appear to have done their homework and become solid student-athletes.

The host Maroons got an MVP showing from guard Mitch Rouault and first-team all-star play from forward Dustin Popoff as they brushed back the Duchess Park Condors of Prince George 64-60 in Saturday’s final of the 11th annual Corporate Classic.

Rouault and Popoff each flushed 19 points, while forward Austin Richardson drained 17 for Fulton, who spotted the Condors and early 10-2 lead. All-star Montel Lindgren canned 28 points for the Condors, who also placed guard Josh Hughson on the all-star team.

“It was a great weekend for our team,” said Fulton head coach Dale Olson, a University of Victoria Vikings grad. “The boys are getting fit and really starting to play like a team. We still have a jump or two to make as far as getting ready for the end of the year.

“All the players are contributing and it was a good win – their first tourney win of the year – for their confidence. It was a great weekend by Austin Richardson and Clark Richardson.”

Zac Anderson, Jovan Badhan, Cody Nevens, Clayton Mottus, Stephen Porcaro and Tyler Annesley rounded out the winning Fulton roster.

Guard Matt Zukowski sank 21 points as the L.V. Rogers Bombers of Nelson grounded the Sa-Hali Sabres of Kamloops 74-72 for third place.

Forward Chris Toporowski of Sa-Hali was the other tourney all-star.

The classic’s major sponsors were the Holiday Inn Express, Buy-Low Foods, Tim Hortons and Concept Physiotherapy.

The Maroons host the Seaton Sonics tonight (7:00) and entertain the Pleasant Valley Saints Friday (7:45) before hitting the books for exam week.

Meanwhile, the Kalamalka Lakers stopped the D.W. Poppy Red Hawks of Langley 84-66 in the final of the Hope Mustangs Senior Boys Invitational.

The Lakers broke open a tight final in the second quarter with their run and gun offence, tough man-to-man defence and strong team rebounding too much for Poppy.

Forward Nathan Meyer pocketed the tourney MVP, while guard Steven Goebel received an all-star award for his unselfish, creative play, handling the offence.

Max Wilford, Paul Major and Tysen Chippendale received all-star honorable mentions.

Said an ecstatic Laker head coach Rick Serafin: “It’s the fastest, most exciting basketball I’ve seen from the Kalamalka senior boys team in the past five, six years.”

The Lakers opened by grounding the B.C. Christian Academy of Port Coquitlam 78-69 with seven players contributing 10 or more points.

Kal then dismantled Hope 84-61 victory as six Lakers finished finished in double figures with Major ringing up 18 points, Meyer pulling down 17 and Chippendale bagging 15.

In senior AA girls action, the No. 10-ranked VSS Panthers fell 63-58 to the host and No. 5-ranked Sa-Hali Sabres in the final of the Sa-Hali Invitational tournament Saturday in Kamloops.

Sage Blundell sank three shots from the Thompson River bank and finished with 18 points, while Quinsy Leier counted nine points and nine rebounds and Jenna Marrion added eight points.

“This was a hard-fought game with many lead changes back and forth,” said VSS coach Bobby Mitchell. “We led by three points at half, and built a nine-point lead early in the third quarter, but Sa-Hali is a good team and battled hard to get back into the game.

“We learned a lot about ourselves this game and got a lot better. With Mary Rice in foul trouble, Heather Campbell really stepped up for us. We have been talking about consistency for a while now and we showed that when we play consistent basketball, we are a tough team to play against. “

The Cats ambushed the Prince George Polars 50-23 in the semis with Karley Fugel collecting a dozen points and 10 boards. Leier, Christine Furrer and Rice each earned eight points. “

This was a nice team effort,” said Mitchell, who co-coaches with Lonny Mazaruk. “Everyone is starting to find ways to help the team and that bodes well for us moving forward.”