The Abbotsford Panthers are the 2020 EVAA 4A champions after beating Yale 90-79 on Sunday. (Submitted)

The Abbotsford Panthers are the 2020 EVAA 4A champions after beating Yale 90-79 on Sunday. (Submitted)

Abbotsford Panthers win EVAA title

Abby senior boys defeat Yale Lions 90-79 on Sunday to capture banner

The Abbotsford Panthers senior boys basketball team has captured the 4A Eastern Valley Athletic Association banner.

Abbotsford defeated the Yale Lions 90-79 in the final at the Langley Events Centre on Sunday to capture the top ranking in the region, and will likely enter the upcoming provincial tournament with a high seed.

Karn Brar was named the game’s most valuable player.

The Panthers finished the regular season at a perfect 12-0 in the Western division and beat the W.J. Mouat Hawks 88-64 in the semifinal on Thursday. Yale, who also had a strong season at 10-2, defeated Walnut Grove 85-77 to advance to the final.

The senior boys 4A tournament runs from March 4 to 7 at the LEC. The draw reveal is expected to occur in the near future.

In other action, the Abbotsford Panthers junior boys team bowed out in the quarter-final round on Sunday. Abbotsford fell 74-57 to Kelowna to eliminate the club’s provincial hopes. The juniors opened with a 59-55 win over Centennial on Saturday. The club can still finish as high as fifth if they win out the remainder of their games.

The spotlight shifts to girls teams this week, as the junior girls, 4A, 3A, 2A and A tournaments all run from Wednesday to Saturday.

The junior girls team features the MEI Eagles, Yale and the Bateman Timberwolves all battling it out. The 4A tournament has Yale going for a title, and the 3A tournament showcases the Panthers and MEI. The 2A tournament also features the first-ever provincial tournament appearance for the St. John Brebeuf Bears.

Continue visiting abbynews.com for ongoing coverage of Abbotsford teams at the tournaments.

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