On Saturday, January 19, the Grade 8 Boys basketball team competed in the Maple Ridge Basketball Tournament finals after winning their first two games. The Knights got off to a hot start over the Maple Ridge Ramblers in the first quarter and headed into the second quarter perhaps a tad overconfident. This proved to be the case as the Ramblers stayed right there in the game, refusing to let the lead get any bigger and even shortened it in the 3rd and final quarters like a game of tug-o-war. In the end, the Knights gathered themselves and finished strong by a score of 49-33.
Back in Burnaby, the Junior boys basketball team were in the midst of their own tournament, STMC’s very own Chancellor Basketball Tournament. Having defeated Centennial in the semi-finals, one of the top teams in the province, the Knights faced off against Heritage Woods in the finals. Like the Grade 8 boys, the Knights started off fast and strong. While there was much more of a push and pull for the Grade 8 boys, the Junior team held their lead from beginning to end, winning 50-40.
The Junior girls also played in the Chancellor Basketball Tournament, falling to the eventual champions Argyle Pipers 32-40 during semi-finals. This put them in a very respectable 3rd place. Overall, this past weekend was quite successful on the court, and one that showed the grit and spirit of what it means to be a STMC Knight.