The Abbotsford Basketball Association’s U14 boys team celebrates a division win at the recent BBall Nationals event in Langley over the weekend. (Submitted)

Abbotsford teams win big at BBall Nationals

ABA, Cascades win division titles at Langley event

The Abbotsford Basketball Association U14 boys team captured first place in its division at the BBall Nationals Boys Tournament, which wrapped up in Langley on Monday.

The team went undefeated in the All-Star (Tier 2) round robin, posting a 55-35 win over the Falcons on Saturday, a 48-27 win over Live2Give on Saturday and a 48-36 win over Northern Bounce on Sunday.

ABA finished first in pool B during the round robin and advanced to the final four, which occurred on Monday.

The club destroyed Dynamite 66-17 in the semifinal and then beat the Shooting Stars Basketball Club 68-39 in the final.

ABA’s defence did a great job in limiting their opponent’s ability to string together points while their offence was in full gear.

The biggest run that the Shooting Stars – who came into the game averaging 60 points – were able to put together was five points.

By comparison, Abbotsford rattled off runs of 10, seven (twice) and six points as they cruised to victory.

Nolan Watrin earned the game’s most valuable player for Abbotsford, scoring 11 points, while Harshan Alamuala led the team with 13 points and Jason Dhaliwal had 10 points.

In other BBall Nationals news, the Cascades team – made up of many present and future UFV basketball players – won the open division at the girls tournament, which wrapped up Aug. 1 at the Langley Events Centre.

The Cascades posted a record of 3-1 in round-robin play, with wins over Edmonton Grads (65-35 on July 29), Capilano University Blues (62-50 on July 29) and OC (73-26 on July 30) before falling 71-43 to Venue Kings on July 31.

The Cascades and Venue Kings squared off again in the division final, with the Cascades gaining some revenge in an 84-75 win.

The Cascades closed the game on a 19-9 run to capture the title. Deanna Tuchscherer scored 23 points while Nikki Cabuco connected on four shots from beyond the arc to finish with 15 points.

For more on the event, visit bballnationals.com

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