Morning Star Staff
They went 32-7 and came within one victory of reaching the final four in the 70th annual Telus B.C. Senior AA Boys Basketball Championships at the Langley Events Centre.
Longtime Fulton Maroons’ head coach Dale Olson demands an honest effort every game and he got that and more at the Sweet 16. The Maroons entered as the No. 7 seed.
Tye Kitzman, who was named to the second all-star team, drained 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Fulton grounded the G.W. Graham Grizzlies of Chilliwack 76-70 Saturday afternoon to finish fifth.
“Kitz scored and rebounded well all weekend,” said Olson, assisted by Al Paron. “He has athleticism, he competes really hard and he hates to lose. Same goes for Cory Ang, who was the most underrated point guard in the tournament. He ran the show for us all weekend. He scores when he’s open and he scores off the break.”
Darrien Broomfield rang up a dozen points and nine boards for Fulton, while Brandon Isaac delivered 11 points and nine rebounds and Ang supplied seven points and six assists.
Fulton’s only loss came Thursday when they fell 85-78 to the No. 2 Southridge Storm of Surrey, who then bowed by three points to No. 11 Delview Raiders of Delta.
“I have been coaching now for about 25 years in the high school ranks and these kids competed as hard as any group out there,” said Olson. “Our biggest player is 6-foot-1 and they all have hearts the size of lions. There is no shame in fifth place in the province, even though our goal was to win. Our boys can hold their heads high. They all have bright futures ahead of them.”
The Maroons lose half their team to graduation, but have a very talented group of Grade 9s and 10s coming up.
St. Michael’s University School Blue Jags of Victoria downed Delview 66-40 for the gold medal, while Southridge took third by clipping Collingwood Cavaliers of West Vancouver 73-70.
The Valleyview Vikings of Kamloops were seventh with a 94-73 win over the Langley Christian Lightning.
Graeme Hyde-Lay of St. Michael’s was chosen the tourney MVP, while teammate Max Pollen took the Best Defensive Player award.
Ian Hyde-Lay of St. Michael’s won the Ken Wright Coaching Award.
Meanwhile, 13 former student athletes at the prestigious St. Michael’s University School (SMUS) who allege that, in 2012, several coaches for both the boys and girls teams routinely bullied and intimidated them with demeaning, profane and sometimes vicious insults that many of them — and their parents — say have had lasting repercussions.
A Toronto Star/CTV W5 investigation has detailed how parents and students squared off against educational officials in a now three-year fight over alleged emotional abuse by teachers — including routinely yelling profanities and epithets. The story came out Saturday.
The VSS Panthers grounded the Windsor Dukes of North Vancouver 73-55 Saturday to place 11th in the provincial senior AAA boys tournament in Langley.
No details were available. The Panthers were ranked No. 9 and the Dukes 11th.
The No. 2 Fleetwood Park Dragons of Surrey stopped the top-rated Sir Charles Tupper Tigers of Vancouver 73-65 in the final.
Emeka Okuma of Fleetwood Park was the tourney MVP, while Justin McChesney of Charles Hays Hurricanes won the Top Defensive Player honours.