The VSS Panthers opened the senior boys basketball season by winning the Pinetree Timberwolves Invitational last weekend in Coquitlam.
Glenn Garvie’s crew, now classed an AAA school, ambushed the T-Wolves 65-39 in their final game behind 19 points from John Garvie and 12 points and 13 rebounds from Shelby Hartwig. Garvie and Hartwig were named first team all-stars.
Tourney MVP Mitchell Pepper drained a dozen points for the Cats.
VSS opened with a 69-41 stuffing of the Riverside Rapids of Coquitlam. Garvie flushed 19 points, while Andy Hladik sank a dozen and Chris Inscho drained 11. Liam Paulsen grabbed 11 boards.
The Panthers then rocked the Fraser Heights Firehawks of Surrey 66-30 with Pepper ringing up 19 points and Garvie adding 13. Hartwig counted 10 points and 10 boards and the Cats held Fraser Heights to six points in the second and third quarters.
“Terrific defence was the key to each victory,” said coach Garvie. “All nine players contributed to the tournament victory.”